Linux Kernel 5.2 gets major gaming performance enhancements, courtesy of Collabora

The new Linux Kernel 5.2 will come with several upgrades that are sure to make your gaming experiences even better — all thanks to the Collabora team.

Attention, gamers! The new Linux Kernel 5.2 will come with several upgrades that are sure to make your gaming experiences even better — all thanks to the Collabora team.

Although FOSSLinux has previously covered the release of Linux Kernel 5.2, what was not into public knowledge at that time were the contributions made by Collabora. However, that changed soon afterward as the Collabora team released an official blog post highlighting their part in the development of the new Linux Kernel release, which led us to write this news post.

Collabora Graphics

As Collabora sits right next to the Linux Foundation, Google and Intel when it comes to sponsoring Linux Kernel development, it is anything but surprising to mention that the company had 11 of their kernel engineers working on Linux Kernel 5.2 who contributed to 61 patches, 47 fixes, and 131 changes.

Moreover, it could also be seen that the efforts of Collabora were aimed at gamers as well considering the addition of the case-insensitive functionality for Ext4, which is the native file-system for Linux. Owing to this feature, players will be able to experience significant performance enhancements in terms of Wine-based games and other emulated applications. Android developers and people unfamiliar with the English language will also benefit from this contribution as it will allow them to search for a file regardless of whether it is in uppercase or lowercase format and other small variations.

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Collabora-Linux Contributions

This makes Collabora’s focus on improving the overall gaming experience quite evident, but with that being said, Collaborans have worked on other facets of the Linux Kernel as well. Because of the efforts of Collabora, users updating to Linux Kernel 5.2 will get improved fingerprint and touchpad MCU devices on Chromebooks, and better handling of file name internalizations by filesystems. Not to mention that Rockchip RK3399-based Rock Pi 4 and Rock960 boards will now have Mali support.

Conclusion

When it comes to the development of the new Linux Kernel, the contributions of Collabora cannot be overlooked. Alongside the performance enhancements for games, the Collabora team has also integrated additional support and bug fixes into Linux Kernel 5.2. More information about their contributions can be found here.

Zohaib Ahsan
Hi! I'm Zohaib Ahsan, contributor to FOSS Linux. I'm studying computer science, I’ve learned a thing or two about operating systems that are based on Linux. This has made me join FOSS Linux where I can share what I have learned with the rest of the world. Not to mention — some major tea is going to be spilled as well — as I share with you the latest developments in the world of Linux.

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