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Kernel: Linux 5.15 Plans and LWN Coverage

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  • Networking Support For Intel's Lunar Lake Coming With Linux 5.15

    Back in March I wrote about Intel open-source engineers already beginning Linux bring-up for "Lunar Lake" as a future client platform not due out until 2023 at least. That work began with enabling Lunar Lake within the existing e1000e network driver and that hardware enablment work will finally be mainlined this autumn with Linux 5.15.

    Lunar Lake is the expected successor to Meteor Lake, with Meteor Lake following next-gen Alder Lake. Intel's Linux engineers have already volleyed most of the Alder Lake enablement code and getting that squared away while we have also seen some Meteor Lake Linux code. Now with their punctuality there is already the first bits for Lunar Lake open-source driver support.

  • Copyleft-next and the kernel

    he Linux kernel is, as a whole, licensed under the GPLv2, but various parts and pieces are licensed under other compatible licenses and/or dual-licensed. That picture was much murkier only a few years back, before the SPDX in the kernel project cleaned up the licensing information in most of the kernel source by specifying the licenses, by name rather than boilerplate text, directly in the files. A recent move to add yet another license into the mix is encountering some headwinds, but the license in question was already being used in a few kernel files, and has been for four years at this point.

    SPDX is more formally known as the Software Package Data Exchange; it is a Linux Foundation project that has created an "open standard for communicating software bill of material information, including provenance, license, security, and other related information".

  • The conclusion of the 5.14 merge window

    The 5.14 merge window closed with the 5.14-rc1 release on July 11. By that time, some 12,981 non-merge changesets had been pulled into the mainline repository; nearly 8,000 of those arrived after the first LWN 5.14 merge-window summary was written. This merge window has thus seen fewer commits than its predecessor, which saw 14,231 changesets before the 5.13-rc1 release. That said, there is still a lot of interesting work that has found its way into the kernel this time around.

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