The Changes So Far For The Linux 4.11 Kernel
We are now through week one of two for the Linux 4.11 kernel merge window. I've already written a number of news posts this past week covering features I find interesting for Linux 4.11. If you are short on time and behind in your Phoronix reading, here's a quick overview of the material so far for this next major kernel bump.
Among the changes for Linux 4.11 so far include:
- As usual, our favorite, is all of the DRM graphics driver changes and there is plenty this cycle (Direct Rendering Manager, for the uninitiated).
- Some new drivers in staging benefiting the Raspberry Pi.
- Power-saving PCI-E L1 PM sub-state support is now available from the mainline kernel on supported hardware.
- Realtek ALC1220 support, which is the audio codec used by many newer Intel Kabylake and AMD Ryzen motherboards.
- The Serial Device Bus "SERDEV" was merged although drivers aren't going to be using it until at least Linux 4.12.
- A variety of KVM improvements for the Kernel-Based Virtual Machine.
- New ARM SoC and board support.
- Better Turbo Boost Max 3.0 support for newer Intel CPUs capable of boosting for better single-threaded performance.
- OpenRISC optimizations and other improvements although it's not exactly easy/possible to find any OpenRISC hardware on the market yet.
- MD RAID optimizations.
- New input drivers.
- New media drivers.
- A lot of networking updates.
- XFS clean-ups and fixes and EXT4 fixes.
- An assortment of block layer updates.
- PVHv2 support for Xen.
- EFI memory attributes table support.
- Continued tweaking to Intel P-State and other power management updates.
- Expanded Trusted Platform Module 2.0 (TPM 2.0) support.
- Wacom Intuos Pro support and other driver changes for Wacom tablets.
As usual, I will have my more thorough Linux 4.11 feature overview write-up next weekend when the 4.11 merge window closes and the Linux 4.11-rc1 kernel has been tagged.