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Linux 4.3 Bringing Stable Intel Skylake Support, Reworked NVIDIA Driver 93

An anonymous reader writes: Mr. Torvalds has released Linux 4.3-rc1 this weekend. He characterized the release as "not particularly small — pretty average in size, in fact. Everything looks fairly normal, in fact, with about 70% of the changes being drivers, 10% architecture updates, and the remaining 20% are spread out." There are a number of new user-facing features including stabilized Intel "Skylake" processor support, initial AMD R9 Fury graphics support, SMP scheduler optimizations, file-system fixes, a reworked open-source NVIDIA driver, and many Linux hardware driver updates.
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Linux 4.3 Bringing Stable Intel Skylake Support, Reworked NVIDIA Driver

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    If this were commercial there would be a lot more hype. It's nice to get just the facts.

  • by TheGratefulNet ( 143330 ) on Sunday September 13, 2015 @02:59PM (#50514469)

    how will that affect older grub booting systems?

    some very old systems know only about ext2. then there are some that only know about ext3.

    I remember that if you diable journalling (or have closed the disk cleanly) that ext2 can read ext3.

    is there any risk of an older system that can only read ext2 (or maybe 3) not being able to boot with even a cleanly shutdown ext4 fs?

    and, would grub have to be updated?

    somehow, removing ext3 seems wrong to me. ext4 has been out a while, but a fs is so important, its hard to believe that it was wise to remove a good, working collection of code like that.

    (I do use ext4 on my current desktops but some embedded audio boxes still are ext2 and 3 based).

    • Re:removing ext3fs? (Score:5, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 13, 2015 @03:05PM (#50514513)

      Nothing changes for the users, because the ext4 driver actually handles ext2/3/4, and it's the one all distributions ship.

      People who have a ext3 filesystem already have it handled by the ext4 driver, almost nobody was actually using the ext3 driver that got removed.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      It sounds worse than it actually is, the newer driver can handle ext2/ext3 filesystems too. if you want to have a newer extfs to work as an older version, you would have to ensure that it didn't enable features that change the structures on the storage itself. It is easy enough to not use the ext3 journal and treat is as ext2, but ext4 has extents at least, and I doubt that could be mounted as ext3 if they were enabled.

    • No one is forcing anyone to move to ext4. The removal is all about removing what is an older (and now duplicate) "driver" for the same filesystem. The ext4 code can transparently handle ext3 so there's no longer any need to keep a separate module for it.

  • by Xicor ( 2738029 )

    i just want SLI support for nvidia gpu on linux. you cant really game without either using SLI or a ridiculously expensive gpu. linux gaming wont overtake windows until the nvidia driver support is equivalent.

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