Linux 2.6.33 Boosts Graphics, Dumps Android
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"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
"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."