Linux 4.8 RC1 recently released, is the first release candidate of the Linux 4.8 kernel. According to Linus Torvalds mailing list, the merge windows for the 4.8 release is now closed, hence the main changes in the new version has been fixed.
This seems to be building up to be one of the bigger releases lately, but let’s see how it all ends up. The merge window has been fairly normal, although the patch itself looks somewhat unusual: over 20% of the patch is documentation updates, due to conversion of the drm and media documentation from docbook to the Sphinx doc format. There are other doc updates, but that’s the big bulk of it.
So far Linux 4.8 offers you the following new features:
- AMDGPU driver supports overclocking, improved PowerPlay;
- Initial support NVIDIA Pascal graphics;
- Support Raspberry Pi 3 of BCM2837 SoC;
- ACPI Low-Power Idle support;
- Support for Microsoft Surface 3 touch screen
How to install Kernel 4.8 rc1 on Ubuntu 16.04 and below
cd /tmp wget \ kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.8-rc1/linux-headers-4.8.0-040800rc1_4.8.0-040800rc1.201608072231_all.deb \ kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.8-rc1/linux-headers-4.8.0-040800rc1-generic_4.8.0-040800rc1.201608072231_i386.deb \ kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.8-rc1/linux-image-4.8.0-040800rc1-generic_4.8.0-040800rc1.201608072231_i386.deb sudo dpkg -i linux-headers-4.8*.deb linux-image-4.8*.deb sudo reboot
cd /tmp wget \ kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.8-rc1/linux-headers-4.8.0-040800rc1_4.8.0-040800rc1.201608072231_all.deb \ kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.8-rc1/linux-headers-4.8.0-040800rc1-generic_4.8.0-040800rc1.201608072231_amd64.deb \ kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.8-rc1/linux-image-4.8.0-040800rc1-generic_4.8.0-040800rc1.201608072231_amd64.deb sudo dpkg -i linux-headers-4.8*.deb linux-image-4.8*.deb sudo reboot
Remove Linux Kernel 4.8 rc1
sudo apt-get remove linux-headers-4.8* linux-image-4.8*comments powered by Disqus