Three Things That Won’t Be In The Linux 2.6.37 Kernel

“While the Linux 2.6.36 kernel was released yesterday, we
already have our eyes towards the Linux 2.6.37 kernel to see what
new features this next kernel will bring, any performance changes
that may come as a result (we continue to benchmark the kernel
everyday), and this will likely be the kernel version used by
Ubuntu 11.04 and other early 2011 Linux distributions. While we
have already reported on some of the features that should be merged
into the Linux 2.6.37 kernel, there’s at least three major features
we have been looking forward to that will be sadly missing from
this kernel.

“VIA’s Graphics DRM With GEM/TTM & KMS: Last year we shared
VIA’s Linux TODO list, which included having TTM/GEM memory
management done within their VIA Chrome DRM kernel module by the
second quarter of 2010 and kernel mode-setting support in the
second half of 2010. We are now in the fourth quarter of 2010 and
we have seen no signs of the completed TTM/GEM memory management
support ready for mainline kernel integration. In fact, there’s
been no signs of activity at all in months whether it be via code
commits, mailing list activity, or other communication. Even VIA’s
hidden Linux driver hasn’t been touched in five months.”