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04.12.14

Kernel (Linux) News: A Week’s News in a Nutshell

Posted in News Roundup at 3:25 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Linux

File Systems

Linux 3.15

  • ACPI & Power Management Get More Updates In Linux 3.15

    A second Git pull request has been made for the ACPI and power management code within the kernel for Linux 3.15.

  • Realtek RTL8723AU Support Added To Linux 3.15
  • LTO Support Coming To Linux 3.15, Making For A Faster Kernel

    Earlier in April I wrote about link-time optimization support for the kernel nearing reality. LTO support for the Linux kernel has been in the works since 2012 but only with Linux 3.15 will it become a mainline possibility. Link-Time Optimizations via GCC and other compilers allow for various compile-time optimizations to be applied across the binary as a whole. Enabling link-time optimizations can yield some significant performance improvements but results in much slower compile times and with large programs can cause problems due to the size of optimizing the complete binary at once.

Graphics Stack

Wayland

Intel

  • Intel Publishes Full Linux Driver Support For Cherryview

    The “Cherryview” Atom processors feature “Gen8″ graphics (Broadwell) capabilities, there’s three display pipes, three HDMI/DisplayPort/EmbeddedDisplayPort ports, two MIPI DSI display ports, and VGA support has been dropped from Cherryview.

AMD

Gallium3D

X.Org

  • X.Org Server 1.16 Merge Window Closes, Pre-Release Issued

    Keith wrote on the mailing list, “With this, the 1.16 merge window comes to a close. Thanks to everyone who contributed a huge pile of fixes and new features! We’re a week behind schedule; Kristian was a bit late with Xwayland, and that included a driver-visible API change that needed fixing (this appears to have been my fault originally).”

NVIDIA

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