'Linux 5.6 "has a bit more changes than I'd like," Linus Torvalds
posted on the kernel mailing list, "but they are mostly from davem's
networking fixes pulls, and David feels comfy with them. And I looked
over the diff, and none of it looks scary..." TechRadar reports that
the new changes include support for USB4 and GeForce RTX 2000 series
graphics cards with the Nouveau driver:
Yes, Turing GPU support has arrived with the open source Nouveau
driver, along with the proprietary firmware images, as Phoronix.com
reports. However, don't get too excited, as re-clocking doesn't work
yet (getting the GPU to operate at stock clocks), and other important
pieces of the puzzle are missing (like no Vulkan support with
Nouveau). For the unfamiliar, Nouveau is an alternative to Nvidia's
proprietary drivers on Linux, and although it remains in a relatively
rough state in comparison, it's still good to see things progressing
for Linux gamers with one of Nvidia's latest cards in their PC.
Linux 5.6 also introduces fresh elements on the AMD front, with better
reset support for Navi and Renoir graphics cards (which helps the GPU
recover if it hits a problem)... Another notable move is the
introduction of WireGuard support, a newcomer VPN protocol which makes
a potentially nifty alternative to OpenVPN.
Linux 5.6 also supports the Amazon Echo speaker, and naturally comes
with a raft of other minor improvements...
Linus's post also notes that for the next release's timing they'll
"play it by ear... It's not like the merge window is more important
than your health, or the health of people around you." But he says he
hasn't seen signs that the pandemic could affect its development
(other than the possibility of distraction by the news).
"I suspect a lot of us work from home even normally, and my daughter
laughed at me and called me a 'social distancing champ' the other
-- source: https://linux.slashdot.org/story/20/04/04/2128207
Dept. of Computer Science
University of Waikato, NZ
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