Linus Torvalds announced the release of Linux 4.5-rc2 this weekend as was expected as the next weekly test version of this new kernel.
Linus mentions in the 4.5-rc2 announcement that he was happy with how this release was turning out, but since Friday there were many more pull request submitted. The amount of new activity in the past few days though doesn't worry Torvalds and is the result in finding bugs by users/developers in trying out Linux 4.5.
Renowned kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman reports at the end of January the release and immediate availability for download of the ninety-sixth maintenance build of the Linux 3.10 long-term supported kernel series.
I'm announcing the release of the 4.4.1 kernel.
All users of the 4.4 kernel series must upgrade.
The updated 4.4.y git tree can be found at:
and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:
Also: Linux 4.3.5
It is finally here! The first point release of the Linux 4.4 LTS kernel series, which was announced by Linus Torvalds on January 10, 2016, arrives today for GNU/Linux distributions that already adopted it.
Linux kernel 4.4.1 LTS is a fairly normal maintenance build that promises to address various issues with the x86, AMR64 (AArch64), and PPC (PowerPC) hardware architectures, updates a few USB and networking drivers (mostly Ethernet), adds multiple sound enhancements, and improves the networking stack, especially for things like B.A.T.M.A.N. Advanced, Open vSwitch, IPv6, IPv4, Phonet, SCTP (Stream Control Transmission Protocol), as well as XFRM.
A few days back I showed the Radeon vs. AMDGPU vs. Catalyst kernel driver potential when testing on the R9 290 "Hawaii" graphics card that has experimental and disabled-by-default support for the new AMDGPU kernel driver primarily designed for AMD GCN 1.2 GPUs and newer. Those results were interesting and showed some areas where AMDGPU came out faster than Radeon, so I decided to run experimental tests on another GCN 1.1 Sea Islands GPU that can be made to work with this kernel driver.
Jason Ekstrand of Intel's Open-Source Technology Center had a main track presentation on Saturday at FOSDEM about Vulkan.
Linux Lite 2.8 Final is now available for download. The star of this release is the inclusion of the Hardware Enablement Stack 3.19 based Kernel offering greater hardware support. We've also included a host of new features including, BTRFS support during install, the Help Manual is now accessible from the Desktop, Hulu now works out of the box, and the usual compliment of community suggestions and bug fixes.
When it comes to OpenGL 4 support on the AMD R600 Gallium3D driver for pre-GCN graphics cards, currently the only R600g-supported cards advertising OpenGL 4.1 right now are the Radeon HD 5800 "Cypress" and Radeon HD 6900 "Cayman" series. Here are some tests done with OpenGL 4.1 on a Radeon HD 5830 compared to Cayman and various GPUs with the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver.
The latest batch of open-source Linux benchmarks to share this weekend are doing some P-State and CPUFreq scaling driver benchmarks and also trying each driver's different CPU scaling governor options when using the AMD Radeon R9 285 graphics card on the AMDGPU kernel driver of Linux 4.5.