News Category: Linux Kernel

Linux 4.6 Staging Has 1600+ Patches, ~400 Patches From Outreachy

Greg Kroah-Hartman on Thursday submitted his pull request of the staging area changes for targeting the Linux 4.6 kernel. Greg noted in the pull request, "Lots of little things here, over 1600 patches or so. [Notable] is all of the good Lustre work happening, those developers have finally woken up...
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EFI Security Improvements And More For Linux 4.6

EFI-enabled systems will see some nice improvements with the upcoming Linux 4.6 kernel.  One of the big EFI changes for Linux 4.6 that was already delayed twice before is using separate EFI page tables when executing EFI firmware code, which is done in order to isolate the EFI context from the...
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Linux 4.6 Will Improve the Security of 32-bit Programs

Besides the 4.6 scheduler updates, another interesting pull request today by Ingo Molnar are the mm updates.  Most notable to the mm pull request is the enabling of full ASLR randomization for 32-bit programs. Yes, about Address Space Layout Randomization. If you're not familiar with it, see ...
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KVM Changes Ready for the Linux 4.6 Kernel

Paolo Bonzini has sent in the KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) changes for the Linux 4.6 kernel merge window, which he describes as "one of the largest releases for KVM."  While the KVM changes for Linux 4.6 are numerous, they are mostly architecture-specific changes for this important piece of...
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Linux 4.5 Kernel Officially Released

Linus Torvalds went ahead and released Linux 4.5 over the night. He announced, "So this is later on a Sunday than my usual schedule, because I just couldn't make up my mind whether I should do another rc8 or not, and kept just waffling about it. In the end, I obviously decided not to, but it could...
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Heterogeneous Memory Management Work Is Being Renewed for the Linux Kernel

Back in 2014 is when longtime open-source graphics driver developer Jerome Glisse began pushing his patches for Heterogeneous Memory Management in the Linux kernel, while that work is still ongoing but has now been renewed.  We last heard an update on Heterogeneous Memory Management (HMM) last...
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Linux Kernel 4.1.19 LTS Has IPv6, IPv4, and Btrfs Fixes, Many Updated Drivers

Immediately after announcing the release of Linux kernel 3.18.28 LTS, Sasha Levin published details about the general availability of the nineteenth maintenance build of the long-term supported Linux 4.1 kernel series. Linux kernel 4.1.19 LTS appears to be a pretty big release that changes a total...
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My Favorite Features/Changes of the Linux 4.5 Kernel

With Linux 4.5 looking like it will release next weekend, here's a look at my favorite features/changes of Linux 4.5.. - AMDGPU PowerPlay, AMDGPU PP, AMDGPU re-clocking, or "finally how I can get good performance out of my new Tonga~Fiji graphics cards on open-source." Whatever you want to call it...
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Linux Kernel 4.5 to Land Next Week as Linus Torvalds Announces the Last RC Build

Linus Torvalds has made his usual announcement for the next Release Candidate (RC) build of the upcoming Linux 4.5 kernel branch, which might just land next week. Linux kernel 4.5 RC7 (Release Candidate 7) is now available for download to early adopters, especially Linux kernel-based operating...
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Linux Kernel 4.4.4 Officially Released

The latest version of the stable Linux kernel, 4.4.4, has been revealed today by Greg Kroah-Hartman, which makes it the most advanced stable version available. Even if the official website of the Linux kernel hasn't been updated with this information, the Linux kernel 4.4 branch is an LTS one.  “I...
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