Many Networking Improvements Are Inbound For Linux 4.6

Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware on 19 March 2016 at 06:22 PM EDT. 3 Comments
New wireless hardware support and other networking improvements will be present in the Linux 4.6 kernel.

David Miller on Saturday sent in the networking subsystem updates for the Linux 4.6 kernel merge window. Highlights include more Realtek wireless chip support, new BPF types, SO_REUSEPORT for doing per-thread processing of incoming TCP/UDP connections, a multiplexer for TCP streams, 802.1AE MACSEC support, various offloading work, devlink has been added for configuring port link types / port splitting / switch device level attributes as a whole, and local checksum offload support. The bulk of the Realtek improvements in Linux 4.6 are for the rtl8xxxu driver.

If computer networking is what gets you excited, learn about all of the improvements for Linux 4.6 via this pull request.
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