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Linux 3.3 kernel brings nearly-complete Android support

updated 11:50 am EDT, Mon March 19, 2012

Linux 3.3 released with a plethora of changes

The Lunix 3.3 kernel was released this past weekend, bringing with it a number of changes and, notably, the ability to run Android or its apps. An interview with a newly minted Fellow of the Linux Foundation member, Greg KH, by MuktWare reveals that while the new release will let users boot into the Android userspace without modifications, power management isn't very good. Some of the other changes include better general power management, Radeon HD 5000 HDMI audio support, more driver support, and a number of other, more complex changes.

Developers will find improved debugging features, including a new integrity check utility. A years-old project that is known as Open vSwitch has been integrated as well, allowing for more complex multilayer network switch integration, tailored for virtualized server environments. A more complete list is available online.

Linux 3.4 is expected to get more features, including a more complete merging with Android. According to Greg, it may also get the power management hooks needed for Android along with more minor infrastructure pieces that didn't make it to the 3.3 version. [via Phoronix]

by MacNN Staff



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