Linux founder Linus Torvalds has released version 3.4 of the Linux kernel. While a lot of the updates are changes under the hood that most users won’t notice, there are a few welcome features for folks thinking about picking up a shiny new computer (or graphics card) this year.
Linux kernel 3.4 adds support for the latest graphics processors from NVIDIA, AMD, and Intel. That includes:
- Initial support for NVIDIA GeForce 600 “kepler” graphics
- Support for AMD Radeon 7000 series graphics used in “Trinity” APUs
- Support for Intel Medfield graphics
The Linux kernel is the core software in all Linux-based operating systems that tells the software how to interact with a computer’s hardware. Now that the new kernel is available developers can start incorporating it into their operating systems — although it will be a little while before we start to see popular Linux-based operating systems such as Ubuntu, Mint, or Fedora built with the Linux 3.4 kernel.