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Kernel Log: Coming in 2.6.36 (Part 1) - Graphics

Sep 12, 2010, 07:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thorsten Leemhuis)

"Various changes improve the performance and functionality of drivers for graphics chips in the latest Intel mobile processors. Nouveau now supports the Fermi chips used on recent GeForce graphics cards. The Radeon driver in 2.6.36 adds support for underscan, HyperZ and tiling. Extensions for the KDB debugger and Intel's KMS driver allow new debugging functionality.

"After releasing the third RC of Linux 2.6.36 at the end of August nothing has happened in the main development tree of Linux for eight days, as Torvalds had visited LinuxCon Brazil 2010. Since Tuesday the tree is moving again; the fourth RC should show up for the start of next work week if Linus Torvalds sticks to his usual work patterns.

"The current developer version of 2.6.36 already closely resembles the final version, as kernel hackers have, as ever, used the merge window which opens the development cycle to merge all major changes into the main development tree. The current stabilisation phase is reserved primarily for bug-fix changes rather than major enhancements, as the latter tend to introduce further bugs. Torvalds stuck to this approach more strictly in 2.6.35 and is taking a similar line in 2.6.36, the approach having proved its worth."

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