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Linux 6.3 Merge Window: A Sneak Peek into the Exciting New Features Coming Your Way

Get ready, as the Linux 6.2 merge window is about to be unveiled! This will mark the official commencement of a two-week period in which all new features and changes for Linux 6.3 are incorporated into one release. To get you prepared, here’s an exciting sneak peek at some of the anticipated kernel updates coming our way very soon!

If you didn’t have a chance to check it out, take a look at the Linux 6.2 feature list for details on what’s arriving with the stable kernel release today! The formal merge window for Linux 6.3 will commence when this is released, and the actual launch of Linux 6.3 won’t occur until April’s end.

This week, I have presented Intel’s new hardware support offered by Linux 6.3. Now it is time to check out additional changes expected for the same version of Linux based on the pull requests submitted in advance and other data that came up from its various “-next” branches!

As Linux 6.3 approaches, more Rust code is being added, and obsolete DRM drivers such as ATI Rage 128, 3Dfx, S3 Savage, and Intel 810 are no longer supported.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 support has been enabled, and multiple audio driver updates have provided sound features for the Samsung-based Tesla Full Self-Driving (FSD) SoC. Additionally, Etnaviv is unlocking VeriSilicon NPU cores to be used with OpenCL applications.

Linux 6.3 has been upgraded to support even more Aquacomputer devices with Arm Scalable Matrix Extension 2 (SME2) kernel-side changes. Additionally, the MSM DRM driver now supports newly released Qualcomm SoCs!

CXL RAM regions are now available, as well as IT87952E super I/O controller support for newer desktop motherboards. Furthermore, analog TV has seen countless improvements, and ongoing HWMON sensor support enhancement is also underway!

Restartable Sequences (RSEQ) updates guarantee maximum performance, with a special fix to quash any MGLRU regressions. Plus, the beloved Sony DualShock 4 controller support that has been included in the hid-sony driver for so long is now found conveniently in the improved and updated hid-PlayStation driver!

NVIDIA BlueField 3 DPU Ethernet driver support is on the way, and it’s part of NVIDIA BlueField 3 upstream work. There will also be AVX2 and AVX-512 versions of the ARIA cipher available. In addition, some outdated Arm boards and machine support are being abolished.

Mehedi Hasan
Mehedi Hasan
Mehedi Hasan is a passionate enthusiast for technology. He admires all things tech and loves to help others understand the fundamentals of Linux, servers, networking, and computer security in an understandable way without overwhelming beginners. His articles are carefully crafted with this goal in mind - making complex topics more accessible.

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