Torvalds releases new Linux kernel


Torvalds releases new Linux kernel

Antony Savvas

Linux creator Linus Torvalds has released version 2.6.12 of the Linux kernel, the backbone of the Linux operating system.


The new kernel includes support for Trusted Platform Modules (TPM) to offer greater security, changes to drivers and other features.


Version 2.6.12 supports TPM chips like those found in some IBM laptops. TPM is a hardware safeguard for critical data such as passwords. 


There is also improved support for IP version 6, the next generation networking language, and a feature called “address space randomisation” – designed to help block the effectiveness of viruses.


Drivers for USB devices and sound chips have also been updated by Torvalds.

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