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Linux kernel 4.12

Linux Kernel Got Major Update On History – Says Linus Torvalds

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

  1. One of the biggest changes in Linux kernel 4.12 comes in the form of AMD’s new Radeon RX Vega graphics card.
  2. The next big thing is it brings initial GTX 1000 Pascal accelerated support.
  3. POWER architecture now supports up to 512TB of virtual address space with this updated Linux kernel.
  4. Hardware Support for Broadcom BCM2835 thermal driver (Raspberry Pi)
  5. On the security side, The Kernel Address Space Layout Randomization is now on by default for x86 systems.
  6. Kernel-based Virtual Machine changes – KVM on ARM includes improved PMU support and virtual interrupt controller improvements.
  7. 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.
  8. RAID Optimizations.

Please read the complete list of new features on Phoronix and KernelNewbies.

Can’t wait to try the New Kernel 4.12?? You can download the source tarball from

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