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Linux kernel 6.7 is out now and it's one of the largest releases ever

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Linus Torvalds announced the release of the Linux kernel 6.7 on Sunday, 7th January 2024 and as it turns out it's one of the largest releases ever.

From the release announcement Torvalds said:

So we had a little bit more going on last week compared to the holiday week before that, but certainly not enough to make me think we'd want to delay this any further.

End result: 6.7 is (in number of commits: over 17k non-merge commits, with 1k+ merges) one of the largest kernel releases we've ever had, but the extra rc8 week was purely due to timing with the holidays, not about any difficulties with the larger release.

Going over all the notes here's just some of what's included that seem interesting:

  • Initial Bcachefs filesystem support.
  • Btrfs filesystem gains temporary filesystem fsid (temp_fsid) for use on systems like the Steam Deck, for "root partition A/B testing, or can be used for VM root images".
  • NVIDIA GPU System Processor (GSP) firmware support for the Nouveau open source driver.
  • Intel Meteor Lake graphics support is now enabled by default.
  • Enable seamless boot in more cases for AMD GPUs.
  • Plenty of work for bringing up Intel Lunar Lake support.
  • More work on FUTEX2 which was originally created to help Linux gaming.
  • Plenty of Rust improvements along with an update to the Rust for Linux website.
  • Razer Wolverine V2 added to the xpad gamepad driver.
  • Various improvements to Logitech's wireless support for many devices.
  • A fix for a kernel crash when connecting Nintendo Joycons (reported on Steam Deck).

The full complete kernel 6.7 changelog is here.

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Cool, maybe I'll upgrade next weekend.

Those file system updates made me wonder if Hans Reiser wouldn't have done what he did, where ReiserFS or Reiser4 would be. lol
Moxon Jan 8
Not to forget the plethora of 2023 laptops with Cirrus chips where sound from speakers did not work.

I am the owner of such a laptop and extremely happy that after 6 months of ownership I finally have proper sounds from the speakers without the need for custom kernel patches (big thanks to the people from who fiddled long enough with the bare iron to get it to work).

Thanks to the work of many and especially the people from Cirrus Logic, loads of them are now supported: Asus ROG models, Asus Zenbook models, some HP, some Lenovo and probably even more.

The main reason why these brand new laptops did not have sound was missing information about the specific, internal wirings of the sound chips. The windows driver had this information, but it was missing from the BIOS (where it is expected to be in some _DSD tables).

It's a shame the big vendors did not bother to have proper BIOS entries (for the affected models).

This information is now included in the Linux kernel for supported models and it is from an official source, Cirrus Logic.
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Really should make 6.9 the biggest release ever.

Because, you know. Nice.
Can anyone confirm if kernel-6.7 re-enables frequency and power management on Radeon 7000 GPUs?
Quoting: TheSHEEEPReally should make 6.9 the biggest release ever.

Because, you know. Nice.
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