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Steven Rostedt maintains the Real Time Stable releases of the Linux kernel.

Linux Kernel Developer: Steven Rostedt

Linus Torvalds recently released version 4.16 of the Linux kernel. These releases typically occur every nine to ten weeks, and each one contains the work of more than 1,600 developers representing over 200 corporations, according to the 2017 Linux Kernel Development Report, written by Jonathan...
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Linus Torvalds: Linux 4.16 Kernel Launches on Sunday. Possibly. Maybe.

After a series of release candidates, Linus Torvalds could well be ready to unleash version 4.16 of the Linux kernel onto the world at the weekend. That is unless he changes his mind about the RC build: "rc7 is much too big for my taste," he says in his weekly update to the kernel mailing list....
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KPTI/KAISER Meltdown Initial Performance Regressions

The recently revealed Meltdown and Spectre bugs are not just extraordinary issues of security, but also performance. The patches that workaround Meltdown introduce the largest kernel performance regressions I've ever seen. Many thanks to the engineers working hard to develop workarounds to these...
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System Startup Gets a Boost with New LinuxBoot Project

The Linux Foundation is pleased to welcome LinuxBoot to our family of open source projects and to support the growth of the project community. LinuxBoot looks to improve system boot performance and reliability by replacing some firmware functionality with a Linux kernel and runtime... LinuxBoot...
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​Linux and Intel Slowly Hack Their Way to a Spectre Patch

Spectre and Meltdown are major design flaws in modern CPUs. While they're present in almost all recent processors, because Intel chips are so widely used, Intel is taking most of the heat for these bugs. Nowhere has the criticism been hotter than on the Linux Kernel Mailing List (LKML). That's...
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To find and report bugs, Linux kernel developers depend on a wide community of testers.

Linux Kernel Developer: Julia Lawall

A kernel that has had nearly 83,000 patches applied will certainly have a few bugs introduced along with the new features, states the 2017 Linux Kernel Development Report, written by Jonathan Corbet and Greg Kroah-Hartman. To find and report those bugs, Linux kernel developers depend on a wide...
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Meltdown and Spectre Fallout Leads to First RC9 of a Linux Kernel Since 2011

In an almost unprecedented move, Linus Torvalds has delayed the release of a final build of the Linux Kernel 4.15, instead announcing an unusual ninth release candidate, the first time he had felt he has to do so since 2011. And you can be fairly sure that Torvalds is not happy with the release...
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Meltdown and Spectre Linux Kernel Status

If your Linux systems are running a normal Linux distribution, go update your kernel. They should all have the updates in them already. And then keep updating them over the next few weeks, we are still working out lots of corner case bugs given that the testing involved here is complex given the...
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The Linux vs Meltdown and Spectre Battle Continues

So, where are we with fixing the problems? Work is continuing, but the latest update of the stable Linux kernel, 4.14.2, has the current patches. Some people may experience boot problems with this release, but 4.14.13 will be out in a few days. Patches have also been added to the 4.4 and 4.9 stable...
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Linux Kernel 4.15 to Arrive in Two Weeks as Linus Torvalds Releases Seventh RC

Linux kernel 4.15 has been in development since the end of November 2017, and it's now time the development cycle to come to an end, and today's Release Candidate brings even more of the x86 page table isolation (PTI) patches to mitigate those nasty Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities...
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