After a few delays, Linus Torvalds releases the new version of the Linux kernel.
After a week's delay, Linus Torvalds finally released Linux kernel version 4.18 on the channel. Stable, bringing several improvements with respect to video drivers, support for ARM architecture notebooks and several other enhancements. A first improvement was to wipe the kernel code by more than 100,000 lines from 4.17, making Kernel 4.18 lighter from the previous version.
Already in the part for drivers for the video cards, support has now been added for the AMD Radeon RX Vega M video card (which is used in the Intel + AMD combo devices). For Nvidia people, initial support has been added for the Volta GV100 card.
Also new is the full support for Raspberry Pi 3B and 3B +. We also have support for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip, which will be the future chip used in high end mobile phones and some notebooks that will use ARM processors.
Also gaining support was the Valve controller, the Steam Controller, which thanks to reverse engineering will no longer need to install the official version of the driver, just plug and use.
For sound chips, support has been added for Creative Labs CA0132 devices and for HP notebook audio, the Specter x360. Support for Realtek and MediaTek chips has also been expanded.
Other improvements implemented were:
AMDGPU support improvements;
V3D DRM mainlined driver (benefiting the new Raspberry Pi);
Speck support for file system encryption;
Chandelier file system removed;
CPUfreq performance optimization;
Several improvements to USB Type-C, Thunderbolt;
Temperature Reporting for AMD Stoney Ridge / Bristol Ridge APUs;
Chromebook with keying driver between tablet / clamshell modes;
KVM Improvement for Microsoft Hyper-V;
Kernel with search interface for asynchronous I / O;
Continuous work to tackle the Year 2038 problem, etc.
Soon the new version of Kernel should be in the distribution repositories, especially the Rolling Releases, while distros that have long supported versions, such as Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and Linux Mint 19, should wait a while.
Learn more at Kernel.org.
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