Linux Kernel 4.11 Officially Released, Adds Support for Intel Gemini Lake SoCs

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

As expected, Linus Torvalds proudly announced today, April 30, 2017, the general availability of the final release of the Linux 4.11 kernel, a major update that adds numerous improvements and new features.

Linux kernel 4.11 has been in development for the past two months, since very early March, when the first Release Candidate arrived for public testing. Eight RCs later, we’re now able to download and compile the final release of Linux 4.11 on our favorite GNU/Linux distributions and enjoy its new features.

Prominent ones include scalable swapping for SSDs, a brand new perf ftrace tool, support for OPAL drives, support for the SMC-R (Shared Memory Communications-RDMA) protocol, journalling support for MD RAID5, all new statx() system call to replace stat(2), and persistent scrollback buffers for VGA consoles.

“We still had various smaller fixes the last week, but nothing that made me go “hm… (read more)

From: Softpedia


The 4.11 kernel has been released

By corbet The 4.11 kernel has been released.
So after that extra week with an rc8, things were pretty calm, and I’m
much happier releasing a final 4.11 now.

Some headline features in 4.11 include:
a new perf ftrace command
restarting the work of better integrating the perf and ftrace subsystems,
I/O scheduling support for the multiqueue block subsystem,
journaling for device-mapper RAID 4/5/6 volumes,
SipHash support,
some swapping scalability improvements,
a new LZ4 compression implementation,
the new statx() system call,
and more. As always, see the KernelNewbies 4.11 page
for lots of details.

From: LWN


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