Linux Kernel 4.10 Comes in February

Linux Kernel 4.10 will be released in the middle of February and will include some improvements, especially in the area of Virtual Machine Graphics Acceleration. This benefits the GPU drivers of all major vendors.

In the middle of February, the kernel 4.10 for Linux will be released and bring with it some improvements. This includes many improvements to the graphical drivers, the core element of the graphical driver architecture of Linux distributions. For example, the graphical acceleration is also used in virtual machines without noticeable speed losses. So far, Intel has already been able to do so, but now AMD and Nvidia GPUs have been added.

Furthermore, "Explicit Fencing" can now be implemented by the graphics driver, which will allow desktop surfaces and programs to better coordinate the structure of their user interface. This allows independent image buffers to be synchronized, which can be relevant for video players, for example.

One of the most important changes is the resturcturing of the Nvidia driver, Nouveau. This will now be able to control 4K and other HiDPI displays via the DisplayPort. Nouveau now also supports the graphic chip GP106 (eg on the GeForce 1060). Fermi, Kepler, and Maxwell graphics chips have also been improved.

AMD friends can use Linux 4.10, but there have been no announcements or corresponding products for Polaris 12 GPUs. Apart from this, there has been a lot of fine tuning to the AMD drivers, for example, the ability to read the speed of the fans on the card.

Even the Raspberry Pi benefits from the new kernel release because now the kernel can activate the TV output of different models without additional drivers. The support of the fragment shader threading in Vc4 even increases the graphical performance.

These and many other changes are brought with Linux Kernel 4.10. Since Sunday night, Linus Torvalds, the driving force behind the Linux operating system, has allowed the kernel to be tested before official release.

What do you think about Linux 4.10? Will you benefit from these changes at all? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Heise

Jan 21 2017, 03:14 am
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Matthew Wiebke
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