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Linux 4.11 brings plenty of driver updates

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Linux 4.11

After bringing eight release candidates, Linus Torvalds has finally released Linux 4.11 as the latest update to the world’s leading open source platform. The new kernel version is targeted at an upgraded experience through some essential driver updates.

As Torvalds mentioned in a mailing list announcement, Linux 4.11 has a mix of changes but about half is related to drivers. There are driver updates related networking hardware as well as some audio-visual fixes.

“We still had various smaller fixes the last week, but nothing that made me go ‘hmm..’,” Torvalds writes while announcing the new kernel.

Few more changes

Apart from the driver updates, Linux 4.11 includes arch updates and some generic networking and filesystem fixes. The updated kernel also has support for the Shared Memory Communications over RDMA (SMC-R) protocol. Additionally, the new Linux version has improvements for Intel’s Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0.

Hardware tweaks on board

Linux 4.11 has various tweaks for hardware such as Raspberry Pi. There are also some F2FS functionality changes and MD RAID optimisations.

Your favourite distribution will receive an update to Linux 4.11 kernel in the coming days. Meanwhile, you can access its tarball from the kernel.org website. Torvalds has also opened the merge window for Linux 4.12 to start receiving pull requests.