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Linux 5.16 Features Include FUTEX2, Intel AMX, Folios, DG2/Alchemist, More Apple Silicon Support

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Now that the Linux 5.16 merge window has ended with yesterday's Linux 5.16-rc1 release, here is my lengthy original overview of what I find most interesting out of this new kernel version. Linux 5.16 won't be out as stable until around the end of the calendar year or early next year, but it will sure make one nice Christmas gift with all of the shiny new features in tow.

See the feature list below for everything I found interesting from my close monitoring of the Git repositories and mailing list, but here are some of the quick lights... Linux 5.16 adds FUTEX2's futex_waitv syscall as another improvement for Windows games running on Linux and even potentially helping native games in the future, memory folios finally made it in, Intel AMX was merged ahead of Sapphire Rapids, DAMON memory reclamation landed, there is now support for the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 on mainline, continued enablement around the Apple Silicon (M1), the Nintendo Switch controller driver was merged, AMD and Intel preparations for DisplayPort 2.0, stable Intel Alder Lake S graphics, Intel DG2/Alchemist bring-up, newer Zstd implementation, and much more.

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