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Linux 2.6.33 Boosts Graphics, Dumps Android

Feb 25, 2010, 21:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

"A new Linux kernel is out this week with changes that aim to benefit both end-users and Linux developers. The Linux 2.6.33 kernel is the first new kernel release of 2010 and follows the 2.6.32 kernel release by nearly three months. Key to the new update are enhancements in graphics and storage capabilities.

""The most noticeable features in 2.6.33 are likely the Nouveau and DRBD integration (and a lot more people will notice the Nouveau part of that)," Linux founder Linus Torvalds wrote in a mailing list posting.

"More people are likely to notice Nouveau is because it is a user-facing technology that is meant to improve Linux graphics. Nouveau is an open source graphics driver for Nvidia graphics cards that's been built by open source developers -- that is, Nvidia didn't contribute the driver code, but rather, it was reverse engineered by the open source community.

"The drivers are not entirely complete, however, according to the Nouveau FAQ. For instance, 2D is supported while many 3D capabilities are not yet officially supported."

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