Linux kernel 4.1 is available




Linus Torvalds has lts version 4.1 of the Linux kernel released. The new kernel includes many improvements and new features. The ext4 filesystem can now encrypt data itself and there is a driver for NV-dimms added that SSDs can be used as a ram.

Another notable addition is the ability to utilize the hardware acceleration of various Intel video cards in virtual machines, writes Heise. The goal is to allow for this support in the future for all GPUs. Nvidia’s Maxwell GPU, including the GeForce GTX 750 gets into 4.1 3D acceleration with the Nouveau drivers. For the open source AMD’s Radeon drivers DisplayPort MST added support, making displays with a resolution higher than 4k or certain docking stations are better supported.

In collaboration with Intel has also tackled the new Skylake platform. According to the schedule, this after the summer. It includes out-of-the-box support for new CPUs. There are also improvements for users of Google Pixel 2, making the touchpad and the touchscreen works well, evanals the LEDs on the outside of the screen. Users of recent Dell laptops can operate the keyboard illumination. Gamers who use their Xbox One controller, enjoy and force feedback vibration mode.

The long-term support of the kernel must be ensured for at least two years. In total, nearly 1,500 developers conducted approximately 11,660 changes. The kernel has thus grown to more than 200,000 lines of code. The new kernel at be downloaded.

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