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Kernel Log: Coming in 2.6.36 (Part 4) - Drivers

Oct 19, 2010, 21:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thorsten Leemhuis)

"Drivers in 2.6.36 include considerably improved support for infra-red receivers and remotes, optimised USB drivers, and a solution for a much discussed problem that Android developers, in one way or another, had solved long ago.

"When releasing the sixth beta version of Linux 2.6.36 on Wednesday last week, Linus Torvalds indicated that Linux kernel 2.6.36 would soon be published. The Kernel Log therefore closes its mini-series on 2.6.36 with this fourth instalment focusing on changes to drivers and the infrastructure related to them, such as ACPI, PCI etc. The Part 1 of the series dealt with changes concerning graphics hardware; Part 2 with file systems and storage / network hardware; and Part 3 with memory management, the build system, and support for various CPU and system architectures.

"IR hardware, Video4Linux and USB

"The subsystem introduced in 2.6.35 for infra-red hardware now offers interfaces that the LIRC userspace daemon can use to share raw data with infra-red receivers and transmitters; for instance, the daemon decodes the IR data if the kernel driver is not able to (1, 2). A number of new drivers for IR hardware from various vendors were added to the still young IR subsystem. Most of them are ports of LIRC drivers that used to be maintained externally; a number of LIRC drivers that have not yet migrated were put into staging for the time being – for details, see "Minor gems" at the end of this article in the section on V4L."

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