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Linux 2.6.33 Boosts Graphics, Dumps Android
Written by Daniel   
Friday, 26 February 2010 19:13

From Linux Planet

The Linux Kernel Races Forward

A new kernel release makes its debut, with Nvidia and without Android, and top Red Hat and Novell kernel developers share their inside views.
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 list posting.

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.

Still, Linux kernel developer and Novell staffer Greg Kroah-Hartman told that the inclusion of Nouveau means that even more devices are now supported by the releases.

"It's just a constant onward move toward supporting more and more hardware," Kroah-Hartman said.

While new graphics hardware is being supported in 2.6.33, the release is actually dropping support for Google's Android. Kroah-Hartman noted in a Linux git development system comment that the drivers were no longer being maintained.

"These drivers are no longer being developed and the original authors seem to have abandoned them and hence, do not want them in the mainline kernel tree," Kroah-Hartman wrote.

Kroah-Hartman, who is also a, expanded on the comment earlier this month, in a detailed blog post that indicated that without additional help from Google developers, Android code that's heavily dependent on development in Google's kernel tree can't be merged with the mainline Linux kernel.

He also said in the post that he plans on providing additional details at the CELF Embedded Linux Conference in mid-April. [More...] [Comments...]



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