The driver for Apple's Magic Mouse now also addresses the Magic Trackpad. The "uas" driver for the USB Attached SCSI Protocol (UASP) which allows fast data transfers with USB 3.0 storage devices that support this technology, is a new addition to the kernel. As planned, the kernel developers have removed the older of the two FireWire stacks and the drivers based on it; according to the commit comment, the more recent stack and its drivers offer a better range of features, are faster and also offer better security.
The changes to the Media / V4L / DVB subsystem improve the cx231xx driver to provide support for the Carraera, Shelby, RDx_253S and VIDEO_GRABBER TV hardware. Among the changes to the ALSA sound drivers is the new snd-aloop driver. This allows the configuration of "PCM loopback devices" that return the data they receive to the userspace via a different device, which can, for example, be relevant for synchronisation.
When switching to software suspend, the kernel can now compress the memory image using LZO â this speeds up switching into and out of hibernation, as it requires less data to be written to and read from the hard drive.
The Fanotify interface for on-access virus scanners is now available for use â it had previously been integrated into 2.6.36, but was then deactivated shortly before release as a result of some irregularities, and major changes were required to fix these problems.
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|Â¹ find . -type f -not -regex '\./\.git/.*' | wc -l
Â² (Without documentation): find . -type f -not -regex '\./\.git.*' | xargs cat | wc -l (find . -name *.[hcS] -not -regex '\./\.git.*' | xargs cat | wc -l)
Â³ git-log --no-merges --pretty=oneline v2.6.(x-1)..v2.6.(x) | wc -l
â´ git diff --shortstat v2.6.(x-1)..v2.6.(x)