News Category: Linux Kernel

The Many New Features & Improvements Of The Linux 4.5 Kernel

With Linux 4.5-rc1 expected for release today that will mark the end of this cycle's merge window, here is a look at the new features and improved functionality present for this major Linux kernel release that will then be officially christened in about two months time. The Linux 4.5 merge window...
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Zero-Day Linux Kernel Vulnerability Gives Attacker Root Access, Patch Incoming

Every OS with Linux kernel 3.8 or above is affected. A new zero-day Linux kernel vulnerability has been identified (CVE-2016-0728) by a group named Perception Point, and a patch should already be in preparation for Linux distributions. Linux kernel vulnerabilities are not all that uncommon, and...
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Nvidia Releases New Beta Driver for Linux with Support for New GPUs

Nvidia has released a new update for the Linux drivers, but it’s a small upgrade that only brings support for a couple of new GPUs. Keeping track of all the Nvidia branches for Linux drivers is becoming a hassle, especially if you are a gamer. Usually, game developers recommend that you use the...
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An Interesting Difference Between AMD & NVIDIA Linux Drivers When Comparing System Usage

When running the tests recently for the NVIDIA Linux Driver 2015 Year-in-Review and How AMD's Proprietary Linux Driver Evolved In 2015, I also ran some extra tests comparing the AMD Radeon Software 15.12 and NVIDIA 358.16 proprietary drivers when looking at their CPU usage, memory consumption, and...
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Linux Kernel 4.4 LTS to Be Released on January 10, 2016, Says Linus Torvalds

Just a few minutes ago, January 3, 2015 (EST time), Linus Torvalds proudly announced the immediate availability for download and testing of the eighth and last RC (Release Candidate) version of the upcoming Linux 4.4 LTS kernel. According to Mr. Torvalds, Linux kernel 4.4 LTS Release Candidate 8...
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NVIDIA Open-Source Christmas Present: Some Documentation

It seems a few days ago NVIDIA quietly released some documentation to help open-source driver developers working on Nouveau.  Last week was this GitHub pull request from a NVIDIA developer for providing documentation on Maxwell's texture header format and additions to the existing Fermi/Kepler/...
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Linus Torvalds Announces the Sixth Linux Kernel 4.4 LTS Release Candidate

Just a few minutes ago, December 21, 2015, Linus Torvalds had the great pleasure of announcing the release and immediate availability for download and testing of the sixth RC (Release Candidate) build of the upcoming Linux 4.4 LTS kernel. According to Mr. Torvalds, Linux kernel 4.4 LTS RC6 is yet...
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Raspberry Pi 2 Code Getting Ready For Upstreaming In Linux Kernel

The support code for Raspberry Pi 2 is closer to being upstreamed in the mainline Linux kernel. Eric Anholt at Broadcom is now serving as the Raspberry Pi kernel maintainer beyond his role in developing the open-source VC4 graphics driver. Today he published... Read more at Phoronix
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Linux Kernel 4.3.3 Is Now the Most Advanced Stable Version Available

The latest iteration of the stable Linux kernel, 4.3.3, has been released by Greg Kroah-Hartman, making this the latest and best version available right now. The 4.3 branch of the Linux kernel is a really popular one and it's been adopted by many distros. From the looks of it, the maintainers will...
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Linus Torvalds Announces Linux Kernel 4.4 RC5, Final Release Coming Early 2016

A few moments ago, December 14, the father of the Linux kernel, Mr. Linus Torvalds, was proud to announce the release and immediate availability for download and testing of the fifth RC (Release Candidate) build of the upcoming Linux 4.4 LTS kernel. According to Mr. Torvalds, Linux kernel 4.4 LTS...
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