Arch Linux and SparkyLinux are the first to offer Linux 4.6

Gentoo users can also install the Linux 4.6 kernel, but that’s a different ball game altogether

Linux 4.6 has officially been announced and guess which are the first operating systems to provide support for the newly announced kernel? Arch Linux and SparkyLinux; according to Arch Linux developer Tobias Powalowski, Linux kernel 4.6 has entered the testing repository, while on the other hand, the Debian-based SparkyLinux operating system were also proud to announce just a few minutes ago that the Linux 4.6 kernel landed in the operating system’s ‘unstable’ repository.

Additionally, they have also provided users instructions on how to install it on their SparkyLinux-powered computers. One of the biggest changes in Linux 4.6 is support for a more ARM based mobile chipsets, which no doubt includes the 14nm FinFET and might we add extremely powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 820. Additionally, IBM’s POWER9 finds its first support, even though the chip is not going to arrive until late 2016.

Whatever processor you decide to run Linux will have a more complex conversation concerning varying its clock speed. Furthermore, OrangeFS, XFS, Btrfs and EXT 4 users can all look for tweaks that enhance performance of their preferred file systems, while F2FS is now said to be rather better at running on flash storage. Raspberry Pi users will also take note of this effort because 3D graphics performance will be given a much needed boost.

You can read all about the different forms of support that Linux 4.6 has added in its latest release report.



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