The Best Features Of The Linux 3.10 Kernel
- The BCache SSD/HDD caching framework has been merged. For those with systems boasting a mix of solid-state drives and traditional hard drives, BCache allows for SSDs to act as a cache to larger but slower traditional HDDs.
- Power management improvements are to be found in the next kernel release. Reducing the Linux kernel's power consumption and making it more competitive to Windows and OS X is always welcome. With the Linux 3.10 kernel is a new AMD frequency-sensitivity power-save bias that should work well on AMD CPUs. Separately, there's ARM improvements too for those out of the x86 world. On a semi-related note, the Linux kernel now has full dynticks support.
- Various DRM driver changes, but perhaps most interesting in the open-source Linux graphics driver world with the Linux 3.10 kernel is UVD video decoding support finally being present. The Linux 3.10 kernel is needed in conjunction with an updated Mesa/Gallium3D stack for taking advantage of hardware-based video playback exposed over VDPAU with Gallium3D.
- Better Intel Haswell Linux support and performance for the brand new CPUs.
- File-system improvements including skinny extents for Btrfs, F2FS changes, and extra XFS protection.
- Many other changes. This kernel actually yields the biggest Linux changes in years.