Short Bytes: After eight Release Candidates and lots of development work, Linux kernel 4.8 has been released by Linus Torvalds. The latest kernel release brings better support for lots of hardware and components. This release also marks the opening of the merge window for 4.9 kernel, which will be the next LTS kernel branch.
In his announcement post, Linus mentions that last Release Candidate didn’t come with much changes. “which maybe means that I could probably just have skipped rc8 after all. Oh well, no real harm done,” he adds.
Before going ahead and listing the best features of Linux 4.8 kernel, let me remind you that the merge window for 4.9 kernel is open. Linus plans to pull the requests right away and finalize the next release. For those who don’t know, Linux 4.9 kernel is the next LTS kernel branch.
10 Best features of Linux 4.8 kernel
The release announcement summarizes the notable changes since the rc8 as a mix of arch fixes, drivers, and generic code. Below is the list of the best features of the Linux 4.8 kernel release:
- AMDGPU OverDrive support for overclocking AMD graphic cards
- NVIDIA Pascal support, which includes only initial support
- Raspberry Pi 3 SoC supported by mainline kernel
- ACPI Low-Power Idle support
- HDMI CEC support after years of development
- Btrfs ENOSPC improvement
- Hardened usercopy protection
- ASLR for kernel memory sections
- Microsoft Surface 3 touch support
- Intel Virtual Button driver for Skylake laptops
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