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Linux Kernel 4.7 Officially Released ( 60

An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: The Linux 4.7 kernel made its official debut today with Linus Torvalds announcing, "after a slight delay due to my travels, I'm back, and 4.7 is out. Despite it being two weeks since rc7, the final patch wasn't all that big, and much of it is trivial one- and few-liners." Linux 4.7 ships with open-source AMD Polaris (RX 480) support, Intel Kabylake graphics improvements, new ARM platform/board support, Xbox One Elite Controller support, and a variety of other new features.
Slashdot reader prisoninmate quotes a report from Softpedia: The biggest new features of Linux kernel 4.7 are support for the recently announced Radeon RX 480 GPUs (Graphic Processing Units) from AMD, which, of course, has been implemented directly into the AMDGPU video driver, a brand-new security module, called LoadPin, that makes sure the modules loaded by the kernel all originate from the same file system, and support for generating virtual USB Device Controllers in USB/IP. Furthermore, Linux kernel 4.7 is the first one to ensure the production-ready status of the sync_file fencing mechanism used in the Android mobile operating system, allow Berkeley Packet Filter (BPF) programs to attach to tracepoints, as well as to introduce the long-anticipated "schedutil" frequency governor to the cpufreq dynamic frequency scaling subsystem, which promises to be faster and more accurate than existing ones.
Linus's announcement includes the shortlog, calling this release "fairly calm," though "There's a couple of network drivers that got a bit more loving."
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Linux Kernel 4.7 Officially Released

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  • Linus's announcement includes the shortlog, calling this release "fairly calm," though "There's a couple of network drivers that got a bit more loving."

    He's precious.

  • by Hadlock ( 143607 ) on Sunday July 24, 2016 @06:32PM (#52572089) Homepage Journal

    Did I read that right? I thought XBOne controllers were limited to Windows due to some DRM/TPU/Trusted computing thing.
    Does that mean the linux powered Steam Box may someday have an upgrade path to support the XBOne controller?

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      It's not that they're limited. It's that Microsoft said that they weren't going to backport the drivers to earlier versions of Windows. Purely a driver decision, not DRM

  • by Billly Gates ( 198444 ) on Sunday July 24, 2016 @09:09PM (#52572707) Journal

    This is change for the sake of change.

    I expect all the changes backported into 2.6 as I do not want to use a kernel designed for teenagers and throw out perfectly good working computers and learn something new all over again

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Why not just link to the actual announcement?

I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning. -- Plato