Meet Linux kernel 3.17’s best new features: Xbox One controller support, laptop ‘free fall’ protection, and more

Linux kernel 3.17—part of the series codenamed “Shuffling Zombie Juror” (yes, really!)—is now out. This means great new features are coming to a Linux distribution near you, though the 3.17 kernel’s changes mostly consist of new and improved hardware support.

New versions of the Linux kernel will eventually make their way into all sorts of other devices, too. A new Linux kernel means improvements for Chromebooks, Android devices, network routers, and any number of other embedded devices.

Here’s the most notable new features you’ll find in the Linux 3.17 kernel.

Xbox One controller support, PlayStation controller improvements

Linux 3.17 adds support for the Microsoft Xbox One controller, albeit without the vibration feature. Microsoft released Windows drivers for the Xbox One controller back in June. Why no vibration yet? Well, as the commit message puts it: “The format of messages controlling rumble is currently undocumented, so rumble support is not yet implemented.”

Some enterprising hacker will have to figure out how that rumble support works so it can be implemented. Believe it or not, Microsoft has submitted patches to the Linux kernel in the past. However, their patches were focused on getting Linux to behave better when virtualized on their own Hyper-V virtualization system. Don’t expect Microsoft to help get your Xbox One controller working properly.

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