TENNNNNN ‘HUT. This is Colonel "Mad Cat" Kitten reporting for duty. I'm the new Secretary of State for Defence of the Linux Kernel and I'm taking no prisoners. I was personally asked by the new Commander-In-Chief of the animal army - not quite sure what he is, but he's orange and has straw on his head. I think he's planning to go undercover in an Um Bongo factory.
Anyway, at ease. I've been advised by doctors not to shout too much as it seems to affecting my decision making. Apparently, I screamed at the officers last night and the next thing I knew, I was telling the boss that we'd invaded Sweden. No matter.
Commander Torvalds released the following missive to all personnel yesterday.
"So there it is, the final 4.10 release. It's been quiet since rc8, but we did end up fixing several small issues, so the extra week was all good.
"On the whole, 4.10 didn't end up as small as it initially looked.After the huge release that was 4.9, I expected things to be pretty quiet, but it ended up very much a fairly average release by modern kernel standards. So we have about 13,000 commits (not counting merges - that would be another 1200+ commits if you count those)."
New features include Snapdragon 808 and 810 support, and the ability to support Virtual GPUs. In fact, GPU support has been improved across the board, with extra boosts for AMD Radeon. The kernel now works better with Level 2 and 3 Intel caches, so that's going to speed things up right there.
There's also improvements to file systems including support for EXT4, F2FS, XFS, OverlayFS and… well read the document for yourself. There's an executive summary for the cabinet from Kernel Newbies.
The furball… I mean, Tarball… is now available. Personally, I thought that the Commander had said he was going to skip 4.10 and go straight to 4.11, but then what do I know. It's JUST MY RUDDY PLATOON… No. Come on. Calm. Be calm. No shouting. Remember you promised….
Of course now, I have to get the platoon to start preparing the ground for version 4.11. How I am going to do it without shouting I will never know. I can't keep this up. µ
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