Changes So Far For The Linux 3.18 Kernel

Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel on 11 October 2014 at 09:01 PM EDT. 6 Comments
While we're just one week in for what's expected to be a longer than usual merge window, here's a look at the top work so far for the Linux 3.18 kernel.

Highlights from our coverage so far of Linux 3.18 development includes the following features set to be part of this next version of the Linux kernel:


- Btrfs RAID improvements concerning recovery and repair.

- New F2FS features.

New Hardware Support:

- New media drivers.

- New ARM hardware support.

- AMD Carrizo temperature monitoring.

- Proper handling of Razer's Sabertooth.


- Xen PVSCSI support.

- Firmware core dump to user-space support.

- Various USB changes.

- 64-bit ARM's kernel is closer to building under Clang.

- Wacom tablet improvements.

- Many ACPI and power management enhancements.

Other Pending Changes (Not Yet Officially Sent In, Etc):

- Many Intel GPU driver improvements.

- Potentially OverlayFS.

- Radeon GPU re-clocking improvements.

- Radeon R600 UVD support.

- Radeon Userptr support.

- Various DRM graphics driver improvements.

Stay tuned for our continuing coverage of the Linux 3.18 kernel plus many performance benchmarks to come in the days and weeks ahead exclusively on Phoronix.
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