Linux 3.7 arrives
Linus Torvalds has now released the Linux 3.7 kernel. New features include Network Address Translation for IPv6 and major modifications to the drivers for Intel and NVIDIA graphics hardware which should make them both more robust and suitable for future extensions. The kernel developers have also optimised a known performance issue with the Btrfs file system.
The new kernel supports the 64-bit ARM instruction set and also provides multi-platform support for ARM allowing the same 32-bit kernel to run on various ARM processors. The power saving features of HD Audio chips, which are in almost all PCs made today, are now better utilised.
An overview of these and the many other new features of the Linux kernel version 3.7 are provided in a feature article on The H Open:
The article also includes a look ahead at some of the features that have already been prepared for inclusion in Linux 3.8. For more detail on the new features included in Linux 3.7, consult the five part Kernel Log series "Coming in 3.7" which has been published over recent weeks on The H:
- Part 1 – Filesystems and storage
- Part 2 – Networking
- Part 3 – Infrastructure
- Part 4 – Drivers
- Part 5 – CPU and platform code