Upcoming Linux 4.8 Is Courting Microsoft By Adding Support For Surface Devices

Linus Torvalds and his team are not taking a breather as Linux Kernel 4.7 was only released about two weeks ago, the team is already working on the next Kernel release being Linux Kernel 4.8.

Initial development of Linux Kernel 4.8 began before version 4.7 was officially release and now the team has put together some really interesting features with the first RC already out.

According to Mr Torvalds, this is turning out to be one of the biggest releases of the Linux Kernel in recent memory as it would bring much-needed driver support for those running Surface 3 tablets.

“This seems to be building up to be one of the bigger releases lately, but let’s see how it all ends up. The merge window has been fairly normal, although the patch itself looks somewhat unusual: over 20% of the patch is documentation updates, due to the conversion of the DRM and media documentation from DocBook to the Sphinx doc format. There are other doc updates, but that’s the big bulk of it.”

Microsoft’s mobile business might be heading to oblivion as this sector of its operations is struggling to keep its head above water but its Surface line of hardware is one of most productive and profitable ventures.
Due to the top notch hardware that the Surface machines processes, they have become interesting devices to run Linux as they offer unmatch performance.

Linux Kernel 4.1.26 LTS

Now the upcoming Linux Kernel is promising to offer robust touchscreen support specifically for the Surface line of devices to make things a lot easier when running Linux.

There were tonnes of additions to the new Linux Kernel in comparison to version 4.7 and notable among them are:
— driver for touchscreen controller found in Surface 3
– driver for Pegasus Notetaker tablet
– driver for Atmel Captouch Buttons
– driver for Raydium I2C touchscreen controllers
– power key driver for HISI 65xx SoC

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Lamin loves smartphones and was introduced to the world of mobile devices with Android. Ubuntu is new to him, but he is enjoying writing about it so far.

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