Linux 3.1 released with NFC support

Released several weeks late due to malware attacks on in August, the Linux 3.1 kernel is out now, with a variety of enhancements to performance, virtualization, and power management. It also includes support for near field communication (NFC), the OpenRISC open source CPU, Nintendo’s Wii controller, and 3D acceleration with Nvidia GEForce graphics processor units (GPUs).

The new kernel arrives more than three months after Linux 3.0, delayed primarily by a late-August malware attack on Although the attacks compromised several key servers, the source code for the Linux kernel does not appear to have been affected, thanks to its “git” distributed revision control system.


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