News Category: Linux Kernel

Kernel Prepatch 2.6.33-rc8

Linus has released the 2.6.33-rc8 prepatch. "I think this is going to be the last -rc of the series, so please do test it out. A number of regressions should be fixed, and while the regression list doesn't make me _happy_, we didn't have the kind of nasty things that went on before -rc7 and made...
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Kernel Log: Coming in 2.6.33 (Part 4) - Architecture and Virtualisation

  Several changes to the X86 and KVM code will speed up the kernel's own hypervisor. The kernel developers once again revised and considerably extended the still emerging tracing infrastructure. The Power and PowerPC code now also supports the Gamecube and Wii games consoles Read more at The...
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Stable Kernel 2.6.32.8

Stable kernel 2.6.32.8 has been released. It is fairly large set of patches, with changes all over the tree, along with at least one security fix. Users of 2.6.32 are, as usual, very strongly encouraged to upgrade.   Read more at LWN
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Cleaning Up The Linux Graphics Driver Stack

Yesterday Luc Verhaegen gave a talk at FOSDEM on reverse engineering a motherboard BIOS, but today we finally have X@FOSDEM for the last time. Luc has just begun his talk on unifying and simplifying the free software desktop's graphics driver stack. Here are his slides and we will be back with...
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Kernel Log: Coming in 2.6.33 (Part 3) - Graphics

The next version of Linux is not only the first to offer the Nouveau KMS graphics driver for NVIDIA graphics hardware, it also comes with a multitude of improvements for the two AMD/ATI and Intel graphics drivers which support Kernel-based Mode Setting (KMS)   More at The H
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Kernel Log: Open Source Drivers for New Radeon Graphics Chips

The open source developers are working on drivers to support the DirectX 11 graphics cards in AMD's Radeon HD 5000 series. While the proprietary AMD drivers have been supported for some time, not even the latest, recently released version co-operates with X Server 1.7, which has been available...
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Stable kernel 2.6.32.6 released

Greg Kroah-Hartman has announced the release of the 2.6.32.6 kernel. There are many fixes, throughout the tree, and, as usual, 2.6.32 users are "very strongly encouraged to upgrade". Read more on LWN
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Linux 2.6.33-rc5 Released

Hmm. I don't think there is anything earth-shaking here, although the i915 KMS changes might be noticeable. Notably if you have eDP ("embedded DisplayPort" - I think mainly a feature you'd find on a new imac), in  which case it now hopefully works, but more commonly if you saw the flickering on...
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Nouveau Starts Dropping Non-KMS Support

Back in 2008 the developers behind the Nouveau reverse-engineered NVIDIA driver dropped support for their classic Mesa driver even before there was ever a stable release of it. Instead the developers working on the 3D support for all generations of NVIDIA hardware turned their focus to their...
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Linux 2.6.33-rc3 Released

It's been quiet due to the holidays, so -rc3 is reasonably small despite being a few days over the normal one-week mark. And most of the changes are pretty trivial, although both ext4 and reiserfs had some trouble in -rc2, hopefully all fixed now. The bulk of the patches are some SH defconfig...
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