Linux 4.7 Brings A Plethora Of New Features: AMD Polaris, ARM ASpeed, SGI UV4, Schedutil

Written by Michael Larabel in Software on 29 May 2016. Page 3 of 3. 5 Comments

Other Hardware:

- Many network improvements and the fight is still on against bufferbloat.

- New ASUS and Corsair HID device support including Corsair's K70R, K95RGB, M65RGB, K70RGB, and K65RGB mice and keyboards.

- Light Ridge Thunderbolt controller support. Light Ridge copper controller was used in many Apple products circa 2011 and 2012 while now it's finally seeing proper mainline kernel support.

- New Realtek chip support, more Skylake HDMI audio work, and other new audio hardware support.

- The Microsoft Xbox One Elite Controller is now supported by the mainline Linux kernel after Valve was carrying patches in SteamOS the months prior.


- There's now mainlined a EFI bootloader control driver and additional core EFI capsule update work.

- Scheduler updates.

- ACPI 6.1 support.

- An atomic interface for PWM.

- The LoadPin security feature, which was ported from Chrome OS and is a Linux Security Module to restrict where any kernel modules/firmwares can be loaded.

- The usual churn within the Linux kernel's staging area.

- The CONFIG_TRIM_UNUSED_KSYMS option as a way to remove exported kernel symbols that go unused. This can help security and compile size (especially if LTO'ing your kernel).

- Chrome OS keyboard backlight LED control support for Chromebooks.

As usual, stay tuned to Phoronix for benchmarks of the new Linux 4.7 kernel features as well as on and

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