Linux 3.9 brings SSD caching and drivers to support modern PCs

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mtellin Linux creator Linus Torvalds last night announced the release of version 3.9 of the kernel. Available for download at kernel.org , Linux 3.9 brings a long list of improvements to storage, networking, file systems, drivers, virtualization, and power management. H-Online editor Thorsten Leemhuis has an excellent rundown of what’s new in Linux 3.9 . One new feature, listed as “experimental,” allows SSDs to act as caches for other storage devices. “This feature is able to speed up data writes, as it allows the faster SSD to first cache data and then, in a quiet moment, transfer it to the slower hard drive,” Leemhuis wrote. Linux maintainers have also done some driver work that might improve the sometimes questionable support for desktops and laptops. New drivers include support for Intel 802.11ac Wi-Fi components, as well as trackpads used in Samsung’s ARM-based Chromebook and the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition Ultrabook . The Kernel’s driver for AMD Radeon graphics chips was updated to support Oland chips in the 8500 and 8600 Series Radeon video cards, in addition to AMD’s forthcoming Richland chips. The driver code for HD audio codecs is also now “leaner and more robust.” Read 3 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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Linux 3.9 brings SSD caching and drivers to support modern PCs

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