Linux News Today: openSUSE Tumbleweed GNU/Linux Operating System Now Powered by Linux Kernel 4.7
A new openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshot has been released on the day of August 4, 2016, bringing various updated packages among which we can mention the recently announced Linux 4.7 kernel.
Yes, you are reading that right! openSUSE Tumbleweed is now officially powered by Linux kernel 4.7, which replaces the Linux 4.6.4 kernel that was used in the GNU/Linux distribution until August 4, 2016.
The Linux 4.7 kernel was officially released on July 24, 2016, by Linus Torvalds, and it brings support for newer AMD Radeon GPUs, such as the RX 480, as well as the “schedutil” frequency governor to the cpufreq dynamic frequency scaling subsystem.
Moreover, there’s a brand new security module, called LoadPin, designed from the ground up to make sure all the modules loaded by the kernel originate from the same file system, and support for generating virtual USB Device Controllers in USB/IP.
Other than that, Linux kernel 4.7 comes with a stable release of the sync_file fencing mechanism for Android mobile operating systems, support for call chains of events in the perf trace tool, and firmware upgrade support through the EFI “Capsule” mechanism.
Tumbleweed users are urged to update as soon as possible
Other updated software packages included in Tumbleweed snapshot 20160730 are GSL, HexChat, IcedTea-Web, installation-images-openSUSE 14.264, Java 1.8.0-openjdk-plugin, mozc, svg-schema, virt-manager, xhtml-dtd, and xine-lib.
If you’re using the openSUSE Tumbleweed operating system, we recommend that your update to snapshot 20160730 as soon as possible, especially because of the new Linux 4.7 kernel that brings all the goodies mentioned above.
To update, simply use the default graphical package manager of the command-line. We always recommend to check the software repositories of your GNU/Linux distribution from time to time for new updates and the latest security patches, and apply them immediately.