Biggest Linux Kernel Features & Work Of 2014
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel on 27 December 2014 at 12:00 AM EST. Add A Comment
LINUX KERNEL --
Continuing in our usual round of year-end lists for the areas of Linux and open-source we cover the most at Phoronix, here's a look at the biggest Linux kernel news items of 2014.

To go along with the top Mesa changes of 2014, the most controversial systemd news, and the top Ubuntu news of this calendar year -- along with some other year-end recaps to come -- here's a look at the most trafficked Linux kernel news of the past twelve months with our daily coverage of upstream Linux kernel changes.

Nasty Lockup Issue Still Being Investigated For Linux 3.18
When Linux 3.18-rc6 was released last Sunday, Linus Torvalds noted in the release announcement that a "a big unknown worry in a regression" remained. Nearly one week later, kernel developers are still figuring out what's going on with this regression that can cause frequent lockups. Worse off, it looks like it might affect the Linux 3.17 kernel too.

The Linux 3.13 Kernel Has Many Improvements
With development dragging on for the Linux 3.13 kernel until the middle of January, here's a recap of some of the most important changes that landed into Linux 3.13 that either provided new features, performance improvements, or are worth noting for one reason or another. There's also a rundown of all the Linux kernel benchmarks we've done on this new kernel to date.

An Overview Of The Linux 3.14 Kernel Features
With yesterday's release of the Linux 3.14-rc1, here's a look at the top features that were merged for introduction in the Linux 3.14 kernel.

The Linux 3.14 Kernel Already Has Many Exciting Features
While the Linux 3.14 kernel merge window is barely half way over, there's already a ton of exciting changes to make this yet another very interesting kernel update. Here's some of what end-users can expect to see out of Linux 3.14 in terms of improvements and new functionality.

The New Features To The Linux 3.16 Kernel
Linus Torvalds will most likely be releasing the Linux 3.16-rc1 kernel today, now that the merge window has been open for two weeks and the feature pull requests are coming to an end. Here's a concise look at the new features and improvements to be found with the Linux 3.16 kernel.

Btrfs Gets Big Changes, Features In Linux 3.14 Kernel
While the EXT4 changes and XFS alterations for the Linux 3.14 kernel weren't too exciting, the Btrfs file-system update was submitted today for Linux 3.14 and it's definitely exciting.

The Best Features Of Linux 3.16
The Linux 3.16 kernel could be released as soon as today with its development having calmed down but if you've refrained from reading up on this new kernel, here's the rundown on the new features and capabilities of this 2014 late-summer kernel debut.

Indian Developers Redesigning Linux Kernel With OOP, C++ Support
Meet BOSSMOOL, an effort to redesign the Linux kernel by adding object oriented abstractions, introducing a device driver framework with C++ driver support, and other changes.

Possible Features For The Linux 3.14 Kernel
We're finally nearing the end of the Linux 3.13 development cycle and while this kernel delivers on many exciting improvements, we already can't wait to start talking more about the Linux 3.14 kernel with the continuous evolution of open-source software.

Torvalds Is Unconvinced By LTO'ing A Linux Kernel
Yesterday patches were published via a pull request to enable experimental LTO support for the Linux 3.15 kernel, but Linus Torvalds hasn't yet decided whether he will accept this code in the upstream Linux kernel... Linus doesn't yet see the benefits in link-time optimizations for the kernel and isn't sure whether this code is ready yet to be mainlined.
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