Linux Kernel 4.0 is now out for Sam440ep, Sam460ex and AmigaOne X1000 PowerPC motherboards. These are motherboards from Acube and A-EON and on these you can also run AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition.
So, what does Linux Kernel 4.0 have?
- Improvements to Intel ‘Skylake’ platform
- Intel Quark SoC support
- PowerPC support
- Various patches to improve Linux running on a Playstation 3, Sam440ep, Sam 460ex and AmigaOne X1000 PowerPC motherboards
- TOpen-source AMD Radeon driver supports DisplayPort Audio
- Various misc HID driver tweaks, including Lenovo compact keyboards, Wacom Cintiq 27QHD
- Toshiba power settings driver adds USB sleep/charge functionality, rapid charge, sleep w/ music, etc
- File System tweaks, including F2FS, BtrfFS, etc
The ability to install/apply security patches to the Linux kernel “live”, without the need to reboot, has been a long-held want of many Linux enthusiasts for years which Kernel 4.0 have added.
Third-party projects, like Oracle’s KSplice and Red Hat’s Kpatch, have sought to offer live patching functionality for certain distributions.
For servers, enterprise and mission-critical use cases where uptime is priority live kernel patching is a pretty big deal.
Other great news is that Linux 4.0 makes having to reboot to complete a kernel update a thing of the past.