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Linux is a clone of the Unix kernel, written from scratch by Linus Torvalds with assistance from a loosely-knit team of hackers across the Net. It aims towards POSIX and Single UNIX Specification compliance. It has all the features you would expect in a modern fully-fledged Unix kernel, including true multitasking, virtual memory, shared libraries, demand loading, shared copy-on-write executables, proper memory management, and TCP/IP networking.

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2012-12-25 22:24 Back to release list

This release adds support for the new ARM 64-bit architecture, ARM multiplatform, which gives the ability to boot into different ARM systems using a single kernel, support for cryptographically signed kernel modules, Btrfs support for disabling copy-on-write on a per-file basis using chattr, faster Btrfs fsync(), a new experimental 'perf trace' tool modelled after strace, support for the TCP Fast Open feature on the server side, experimental SMBv2 protocol support, stable NFS 4.1 and parallel NFS, and a vxlan tunnelling protocol that allows transfer of Layer 2 Ethernet packets over UDP.
Tags: Major bugfixes, Major feature enhancements, Stable

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