Linked by diegocg on Tue 11th Dec 2012 15:15 UTC
Linux Linux kernel 3.7 has been released. This release includes support for the new ARM 64 bit architecture, ARM multiplatform support - the ability to boot into different ARM systems using the same kernel; support for cryptographically signed kernel modules; Btrfs support for disabling copy-on-write on a per-file basis using chattr; faster Btrfs fsync(); a new experimental "perf trace" tool modeled after strace; support for the TCP Fast Open feature in the server side; experimental SMBv2 protocol support used by modern Windows systems; stable NFS 4.1 and parallel NFS; the vxlan tunneling protocol that allows to transfer Layer 2 ethernet packets over UDP; and support for the Intel "supervisor mode access prevention" security feature. Many small features and new drivers and fixes are also available. Here's the full list of changes.
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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by Alfman on Wed 12th Dec 2012 15:03 UTC in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
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"The inclusion of support for ARM64 is particularly interesting given the opportunity for ARM64 not only be a great alternative to Intel on the desktop, laptop and maybe workstation but also would be a great CPU for dense server configurations where heat and power consumption needs to be kept to a minimum."

Absolutely! x86 competition will be very much welcomed.

"Regarding standardisation of ARM - I hope that maybe with the work done by Microsoft to standardise the ARM platform it will result in more uniformity and thus meaning a lot less code to get things done."

I only hope the majority of new standardised ARM computers entering the market won't be corrupted with mandatory secure boot keys locked down to microsoft. I know you'll hate me for pointing this out, but it still needs to be said. Microsoft is insisting that ARM computers that will run windows are prohibited from running anything else.

Yay for standardisation. Boo for dictated secure boot.

Edited 2012-12-12 15:05 UTC

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