Linux kernel 3.10 released
After only nine weeks of development, Linus Torvalds has flagged the availability of version 3.10 of the Linux kernel. The release introduces Bcache, a second framework to speed up hard drive reads by using an SSD as a cache for the spinning storage media. Another new feature is support for the video accelerators in modern Radeon graphic chips from AMD.
Linux 3.10 also includes a number of improved drivers, one of them to access the IR receiver in modern Mac hardware. To prevent errors that could cause data loss, the XFS filesystem is now able to create checksums for its metadata. Changes to the network stack improve the performance of HTTP connections.
An overview of these and the many other new features in version 3.9 of the Linux kernel, along with a look at the new features expected in 3.11, is provided in a Kernel Log special:
- What's new in Linux 3.10 - a report from The H Open
For those who want a detailed breakdown of the innovations and features, the four part Kernel Log mini-series, Coming in 3.10, provides more information:
- Kernel Log: Coming in 3.10 (Part 1) - Networking
- Kernel Log: Coming in 3.10 (Part 2) - File systems and storage
- Kernel Log: Coming in 3.10 (Part 3) - Infrastructure
- Kernel Log: Coming in 3.10 (Part 4) - Drivers