The New Features So Far This Linux 4.7 Merge Window

Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel on 19 May 2016 at 11:22 AM EDT. Add A Comment
We are just a few days into the two-week merge window for the Linux 4.7 merge window. But given all of the pull requests already sent in so far, here's a quick recap of what's been submitted for this next major version of the Linux kernel.

The below list covers the pull requests we've been monitoring so far that have been sent in to the LKML, but not counting other expected Linux 4.7 material we've already been tracking like the many DRM graphics driver changes with that code not yet being submitted for a mainline pull request.

- A lot of new ARM SoC / platform support.

- Accumulated power reporting for AMD's Carrizo.

- KVM SVM AVIC support for reducing the interrupt overhead for AMD x86 virtualization and thus improving performance for guests.

- Async discard support is now present within the block core code.

- Numerous networking improvements.

- ASUS and Corsair device additions/quirks within the HID space.

- The EFI bootloader control driver has arrived for some nifty support going forward. There's also core EFI capsule update work that's landing.

- Many scheduler changes.

- SGI Ultraviolet UV4 support even though this x86 hardware isn't yet available.

- The CPUFreq Schedutil governor has been merged along with ACPI 6.1 support.

- Hibernate / suspend-to-disk for ARM64 at the architecture level.

- LoadPin LSM support as a security feature snatched from ChromeOS.

Stay tuned for much more that's still ahead with the Linux 4.7 kernel merge window still being open for roughly the next week and a half. What are you looking forward to most with Linux 4.7? Or what do you wish would be added to the kernel? Let us know via the forums.
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