Here's An Early Linux 4.4 Kernel Spin To Play Around With On Ubuntu

Written by Michael Larabel in Ubuntu on 18 November 2015 at 11:03 AM EST. 2 Comments
Now that Linux 4.4-rc1 was released this weekend as the first development release towards Linux 4.4 with its many new features, I'm onto benchmarking it at Phoronix for articles looking at the Nouveau Kepler re-clocking changes, Radeon/Intel graphics performance too, file-system tests, and more.

However, the Ubuntu mainline kernel PPA daily builds (and 4.4-rc1) have been failing for all architectures. This is due to depmod: ERROR: Cycle detected: lnet - libcfs - lnet but that's an easy workaround by disabling the LNET/Lustre code for now...

So with the lack of the daily kernel PPA packages, I spun up a fresh kernel this morning with the latest 4.4 Git. In making it easier to reproduce my early Linux 4.4 test results and for those just wanting to play around with an early Linux 4.4 development kernel on Ubuntu, I've uploaded my initial package that I'll be using for my Linux 4.4 hardware tests over the next few days.

If you want to try out the kernel, you can find it for download at (Separately, I'm still hosting my Ubuntu 4.3-based PowerPlay-patched kernel for AMDGPU users.

Stay tuned for some interesting Linux 4.4 tests soon. The Ubuntu mainline kernel PPA issue is also blocking the latest kernel from being tested at the moment with the kernel systems.
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