GalliumOS 3.0 to be Released

 GalliumOS is a Linux distribution for devices shipped with ChromeOS
02 July 2019   777

Presented the release of the distribution GalliumOS 3.0, designed to be installed on Chromebooks and Chromebox devices full-fledged Linux-environment instead of the standard operating system ChromeOS. The distribution is based on the Xubuntu 18.04 package base and supports installation on most of the devices originally shipped with ChromeOS. Installation distributives are separately prepared for devices based on Intel Haswell, Broadwell, Bay Trail, Braswell Sandy / Ivy Bridge and Sky / Apollo / Kaby Lake chips, and are specially optimized for them. The size of the installation image of 1.2 GB, for installation requires 3 GB of free space on the drive.

It supports booting from an SD card and Flash, as well as organizing of a dual boot, in which GalliumOS coexists with ChromeOS. The battery life when using GalliumOS is comparable to ChromeOS, but on some laptops it can differ by 10-15% in one direction or another. Of the changes regarding Xubuntu, performance optimization has been noted to improve the responsiveness of the interface: the kernel includes the BFS and BFQ schedulers, Zram is used, the extra kernel subsystems are disabled, the Compton composite manager is used for rendering. To extend battery life, the pstate driver and the pooling mode in drm are disabled, the GPU frequency is lowered. To reduce load time, many optional system services are disabled.

The distribution also provides improved support for touchpads with settings that are close to the behavior of ChromeOS. The composition includes various fixes to fix problems with ChromeOS devices that are not part of the usual Linux distributions. For example, issues with power management, HDMI and multimedia buttons have been fixed, patches have been added to improve support for the hardware components of the Chromebook and Chromebox.

Get more info at official Wiki.

Linux 5.5 Kernel to be Released

The new version release took 2 months and it has adopted 15505 patches from 1982 developers and 44% of chages relates to device drivers
27 January 2020   205

After two months of development, Linus Torvalds introduced the Linux 5.5 kernel release. Among the most notable changes: the ability to assign alternative names to network interfaces, the integration of cryptographic functions from the Zinc library, the ability to mirror more than 2 disks in Btrfs RAID1, the mechanism for monitoring the status of Live patches, the kunit unit testing framework, the increased performance of the mac80211 wireless stack, the ability to access to the root partition via the SMB protocol, type verification in BPF.

The new version adopted 15505 patches from 1982 developers, the patch size is 44 MB (the changes affected 11781 files, 609208 lines of code were added, 292520 lines were deleted). About 44% of all the changes presented in 5.5 are related to device drivers, about 18% of changes are related to updating the code specific to hardware architectures, 12% are connected to the network stack, 4% to file systems and 3% to internal kernel subsystems.

As always, new version brought the significant number of changes and improvements, you can check them at the official mainling at the LWM.