Linux Kernel 3.3 Released

Included are new features for the network stack, graphics drivers, Android code, storage support as well as basic architecture changes that enables ARM systems to address more than 3.8 TB of memory.

According to the published changelog, version 3.3 improves the handling of Intel's RC6 power saving mode, which enables Linux to reliably work with Sandy Bridge graphics units. The Nouveau driver package for Nvidia NVA3 (and up) GPUs now supports audio output via HDMI. AMD Evergreen GPUs now also support audio output via HDMI.

The developers have also invested some effort to "fight bufferbloat", which is a scenario of latency and throughput issues that are caused by excessive buffering. Byte queue limits are introduced to help solve the problem and enables developers to set a configurable limit of packet data. The Kernel 3.3 now also includes a NVMe driver, which acts as an interface for SSDs via PCI or PCIe.

Also noteworthy is the return of Android subsystem and feature code. The code was previously removed due to "disagreements". The kernel developers said that some subsystems and features are already available again and more will become available in the future.

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  • tntom
    @ frozonic Don't think of it as one is better than the other. They all have their strengths and weakness. Win, Mac, Unix, Linux, iOS, Android, and ChromeOS all have thier tradeoffs.
  • Vladislaus
    frozonici´ve never used linux anyone that has use it want to give a few reasons of why its better than windows?

    You will never get a consensus with that answer.

    Both OSes have their strong points. Why not install it on a virtual machine and test a distribution like Ubuntu, Mint, Fedora,... and formulate you own opinion.

    I do give you recommendation, and that is patience. A lot a things work differently from Windows, so it might take some time to get used to.
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  • Filiprino
    Maybe that RC6 power saving mode has something to do with the problems I have with my Linux kernel booting.
  • Anonymous
    I just updated my Lubuntu kernel and my Intel i3 Vostro laptop appears to be using about 20 percent less power compared to the 3.1 kernel I previously had (according to "powertop"). The kernel seems to be more stable on my system than the 3,1 kernel so far. This is a good article, I didn't realize that the kernel just can out, I though it was still in the rc stages. Thanks for the article.
  • whimseh
    frozonici´ve never used linux anyone that has use it want to give a few reasons of why its better than windows?

    It isn't better than Windows... at all. It's good for servers but I can't see why anyone would use it as a daily operating system.