Chapter 9. Hardware Enablement

Support for Sealevel model 2803 ROHS converters from USB to serial media

This update introduces support for Sealevel model 2803 ROHS converters from USB to serial media by including their IDs in the kernel. (BZ#1104343)

Backporting of the rtlwifi driver family

The rtlwifi driver family from upstream Linux kernel has been backported to support new Realtek wireless devices such as RTL8188CE, which are used on some variants of Lenovo laptops. (BZ#1263386)

Support for NCT6775 and compatible chips

This update introduces the NCT6775 kernel hwmon driver. This driver enables monitoring of the sensors associated with voltage, temperature, fan speed, and such, on hardware that includes a chip from Nuvoton's Super I/O series. (BZ#1260117)

Ethernet functionality added to mlx5_core

This enhancement update adds Ethernet functionality to the mlx5_core networking driver. The mlx5_core driver acts as a library of common functions, for example, initializing the device after reset required by certain adapter cards. This driver also implements the Ethernet interfaces for some adapter cards. Unlike mlx4_en/core, mlx5 drivers do not require the mlx5_en module as the Ethernet functionalities are built-in in the mlx5_core module. (BZ#1246031)

Support for O2Micro sdhci card reader model 8520

This update introduces support for the O2Micro sdhci card reader model 8520, which is used on newer Lenovo laptops. (BZ#1089109)

Support for solarflare devices and features

This update introduces a driver update that provides support for additional solarflare devices and features. (BZ#1123046)

Wacom Cintiq 27QHD Device Support

With this release, the Wacom Cintiq 27QHD is now supported in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6. (BZ#1243328)

Wacom Intuos PT Tablet Device Support

With this release, several Wacom Intuos PT Tablets are now supported in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.8. The newly supported devices are:
  • PTH-650 Intuos5 touch (M)
  • CTH-480 Intuos Pen & Touch (S)
  • PTH-651 Intuos pro (M) (BZ#1252898)

Support for the Realtek 5229 card reader

This update introduces support for the Realtek 5229 card reader. (BZ#806173)

Support for the AMD GX-212JC processor

This update introduces support for the AMD GX-212JC processor. (BZ#1176662)

ppc64-diag rebased to version 2.7.0

The ppc64-diag packages have been upgraded to upstream version 2.7.0, which provides a number of bug fixes and enhancements over the previous version. Notable changes include the following:
  • Several security-related issues have been fixed, such as memory leaks, buffer overflows, and replacing the popen() function with execv() calls
  • Diagnostics support for the 5887 disk drive enclosure has been added
  • PCI Host Bridge (PHB) hot-plugging support has been added for PowerKVM guests (BZ#1252717)

librtas rebased to version 1.4.0

The librtas packages, which provide an IBM utility for the 64-bit PowerPC architecture support, have been updated to version 1.4.0 to provide various bug fixes and enhancements. With this update, the libofdt library has been decommissioned from the librtas package. (BZ#1252716)

lsvpd rebased to version 1.7.6

The lsvpd packages, which provide an IBM utility for the 64-bit PowerPC architecture support, have been updated to version 1.7.6 to provide various bug fixes, enhancements, and security fixes, such as buffer overflow and memory allocation validation. Additionally, the lsmcode utility adds support for OpenPower system. (BZ#1148150)

servicelog rebased to version 1.1.13

The servicelog packages, which provide an IBM utility for the 64-bit PowerPC architecture support, have been updated to version 1.1.13 to provide various bug fixes and enhancements. (BZ#1148139)

iprutils rebased to version 2.4.10.1

The iprutils packages, which provide an IBM utility for the 64-bit PowerPC architecture support, have been updated to version 2.4.10.1 to provide various bug fixes and enhancements.
It is recommend to use the latest version of iprutils. If a system has already installed iprutils-2.4.9-2.el6, then to remove it, run the following command:
rpm -e --noscripts iprutils
(BZ#1252715)