The Top Features Of The Linux 4.2 Kernel

Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel on 23 August 2015 at 10:27 AM EDT. 4 Comments
If all goes well, the Linux 4.2 kernel will be officially released before the day is through. If you haven't been keeping up with the flow of Phoronix articles over recent weeks, here's a look at some of the highlights for Linux 4.2.

- First and foremost, the AMDGPU DRM driver is now present! The AMDGPU driver supports Tonga, Carrizo, and with the Linux 4.3 kernel will also support the R9 Fury/Fiji GPUs (sadly didn't make it for Linux 4.2). Then in Mesa 11.0 is all of the user-space code for making use of this new Radeon DRM driver to be used by all future AMD GPUs.

- A lot of new ARM hardware board / SoC support.

- NCQ TRIM support.

- F2FS per-file encryption support.

- Input device improvements.

- UEFI ESRT support as needed for handling system firmware updates.

For more details on the changes see our dozens of Linux 4.2 articles as well as The Many New Features Of The Linux 4.2 Kernel for the full overview.
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