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[wlug] Linux 5.0 Released

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Peter Reutemann fracpete@w...
Tue Mar 5 11:07:51 NZDT 2019

'Linus Torvalds has released Linux 5.0 in kicking off the kernel's
28th year of development. Linux 5.0 features include AMD FreeSync
support, open-source NVIDIA Turing GPU support, Intel Icelake
graphics, Intel VT-d scalable mode, NXP PowerPC processors are now
mitigated for Spectre Variant Two, and countless other additions.

eWeek adds:

Among the new features that have landed in Linux 5.0 is support for
the Adiantum encryption system, developed by Google for low power
devices. Google's Android mobile operating system and ChromeOS desktop
operating system both rely on the Linux kernel. "Storage encryption
protects your data if your phone falls into someone else's hands,"
Paul Crowley and Eric Biggers, Android Security and Privacy Team at
Google wrote in a blog post. "Adiantum is an innovation in
cryptography designed to make storage encryption more efficient for
devices without cryptographic acceleration, to ensure that all devices
can be encrypted. Memory management in Linux also gets a boost in the
5.0 kernel with a series of improvements designed to help prevent
memory fragmentation, which can reduce performance.'

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Cheers, Peter
Peter Reutemann
Dept. of Computer Science
University of Waikato, NZ
+64 (7) 858-5174

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