Linux Kernel 3.5 Tracking
Linux 3.5 has now been released. For details, read "What's new in Linux 3.5".
Previous coverage of the development of Linux 3.5 is listed below:
- Significant improvements coming in Linux 3.5
The next version of the Linux kernel, expected to be released in late July, includes uprobes and improvements to HDMI audio support in the Radeon driver among several other new graphics drivers; RAID 5 support for Btrfs is not included.
- Kernel Log: Coming in Linux 3.5 (Part 1) - Networking
A new packet scheduler is designed to help avoid buffer bloat and "Early Retransmit" offers faster connection recovery after TCP packet loss. The E1000e driver already supports the network chip for Intel's next-generation desktop and notebook platform.
- Kernel Log: Coming in 3.5 (Part 2) - Filesystems and storage
Linux 3.5 is now capable of the "FireWire Target Disk Mode", which is a familiar Mac feature. Btrfs logs data errors, allowing unreliable storage media to be detected. Checksums have been implemented to ensure that Ext4 metadata is consistent.
- Kernel Log: Coming in 3.5 (Part 3) - Architecture
With the help of uprobes, performance monitoring tools can now monitor userspace software. The ongoing overhaul of the ARM code is showing tangible success.
- Kernel Log: Coming in 3.5 (Part 4) - Drivers
In conjunction with a new version of X Server, Linux 3.5 will offer better support for hybrid graphics. The Radeon driver will be a bit faster and support HDMI audio transport on more graphics chips. The audio drivers will support the Xonar DGX and Creative's SoundCore3D.
- Kernel Log: Coming in 3.5 (Part 5) - Infrastructure
The kernel now better isolates containers and suspicious code. Event logging has been optimised and two important Android functions were merged.
Further background information about the developments in the Linux kernel area can be found using the search function at The H Open Source. Information about previous Linux kernel releases can be found in The H's Linux Kernel History.