Last Sunday, Linus Torvalds announced the release of the latest Linux 4.14 kernel. Although the release was made with a lack of fanfare(Linus’s usual way), the aftermath of the release has raised a lot of speculation among the Linux users. Linux 4.14 features a number of new features and changes, and is set to become the next long term support (LTS) release backed by several years of ongoing maintenance and support.
Linus Torvalds writes:-
“Go out and test the new 4.14 release, that is slated to be the next LTS kernel – and start sending me pull request for the 4.15 merge window.” Linus Torvalds
Features & Changes
The major highlight feature of Linux kernel 4.14 LTS release is the merging of Heterogeneous Memory Management into mainline. It was being developed to allow a process address space to be mirrored and making sure that the system memory is used transparently by any device.
Another big change comes in the form of support for larger memory limits on x86_64 hardware. Here’s a brief list of new features that might interest you:
- New Realtek Wi-Fi driver (RTL8822BE)
- Btrfs Zstd compression support
- HDMI CEC support for Raspberry Pi
- Secure memory encryption for AMD EPYC processors
- ASUS T100 touchpad support
- Heterogeneous Memory Management
- AMDGPU DRM Vega improvements
- Better support for Ryzen processors