Linus Torvalds on Sunday, 2 July 2017 announced the arrival of the Linux 4.12 kernel. It adds more than one million new lines of code to the kernel.
“Things were quite calm this week, so I really didn’t have any real reason to delay the 4.12 release”
– wrote Torvalds.
Main Features Of Linux Kernel 4.12
- One of the biggest changes in Linux kernel 4.12 comes in the form of AMD’s new Radeon RX Vega graphics card.
- The next big thing is it brings initial GTX 1000 Pascal accelerated support.
- POWER architecture now supports up to 512TB of virtual address space with this updated Linux kernel.
- Hardware Support for Broadcom BCM2835 thermal driver (Raspberry Pi)
- On the security side, The Kernel Address Space Layout Randomization is now on by default for x86 systems.
- Kernel-based Virtual Machine changes – KVM on ARM includes improved PMU support and virtual interrupt controller improvements.
- Introduced two new I/O schedulers – The BFQ (Budget Fair Queueing) I/O scheduler for a more responsive desktop and the Facebook-developed Kyber I/O scheduler.
- RAID Optimizations.
Can’t wait to try the New Kernel 4.12?? You can download the source tarball from Kernel.org.