Linux kernel 4.6 Released

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È stato ufficialmente rilasciato da Linus Torvalds il nuovo kernel stabile di linux (codenamed Charred Weasel ), la versione 4.6.

Le novità introdotte sono veramente tante; le principali novità  (come fa notare Michael Larabel di Phoronics) riguardo tali kernel riguardano:

  • Mainline support for a number of new ARM SoCs and platforms/boards!
  • Various Radeon and AMDGPU improvements to make the open-source AMD graphics driver stack more stable and robust.
  • Initial NVIDIA GeForce GTX 900 “Maxwell” open-source support! While Pascal is days away from shipping, with Linux 4.6 there is finally 3D/acceleration support for Maxwell when grabbing NVIDIA’s signed firmware blobs they’ve made available. Before getting too excited, the support isn’t as mature as Kepler and they don’t yet have any re-clocking support for being able to provide good performance.
  • Runtime AHCI power management for greater power savings.
  • Dell and Alienware laptop support improvements, including for the popular Dell XPS 13 Skylake laptop.
  • Better security for 32-bit Linux programs.

Altre novità riguardano la grafica (supporto e migliorie per schede grafiche), supporto a nuovi tipi di processori, aggiornamenti a livello di file-system (OrangeFS, XFS, F2FS, EXT4), nuovo supporto per laptop DELL/Alienware, miglioramento sulla sicurezza (EFI) ed altro ancora.