News Category: Linux Kernel

Linux 2.6.31 Released

Ok, there's just a few final commits since -rc9 to fix a couple of last regressions and problems, and now the final 2.6.31 is out there. The small diffstat and shortlog is below, the full log and diff from 2.6.30 are being uploaded to kernel.org (and then mirrored out) as I write this. In general...
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Kernel Log – Extra Round for 2.6.31, X.org 7.5 on the Horizon, Staging Area to be Cleaned Up

Article Source The HSeptember 8, 2009, 2:06 am Linus Torvalds will release 2.6.31 a few days later than previously announced and has scheduled another release candidate, RC9. After some delay, the development of X.org 7.5 is now going ahead at full steam, and the developers plan to have the...
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Metadata Performance Exploration Part 2: XFS, JFS, ReiserFS, ext2, and resier4

Article Source Linux MagazineSeptember 8, 2009, 9:22 pm Last week we tested four Linux file systems — ext3, ext4, nilfs2, and btrfs — for metadata performance using a benchmark called fdtree. The point of the benchmarks was not really to comparison the performance of the file systems per...
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Linux 2.6.32 To Get R600 KMS Along With 3D

Article Source PhoronixSeptember 8, 2009, 7:08 am David Airlie has pushed a horde of new code into his drm-next Git tree, which is what will get pulled into the Linux 2.6.32 kernel once the merge window is open. Most prominently, this new DRM code brings support for kernel mode-setting with...
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Linus Is A Fake!

Article Source Linux JournalSeptember 4, 2009, 12:26 pm Every true Linux geek knows that Linus Torvalds is our fearless leader, the developer-in-chief, keeper of the stable tree and decider of what will be. But according to the Linux Foundation, what you see may not be what you get. In a post...
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Metadata Performance of Four Linux File Systems

Article Source Linux MagazineSeptember 2, 2009, 6:23 am In a previous article, the case was made for how low file system benchmarks have fallen. Benchmarks have become the tool of marketing to the point where they are mere numbers and do not prove of much use. The article reviewed a paper that...
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Con Kolivas Returns with a New Scheduler

Article Source LWNSeptember 1, 2009, 8:31 am Con Kolivas, who worked on desktop interactivity issues in the past before storming off in 2007, has posted a new scheduler called BFS. "It was designed to be forward looking only, make the most of lower spec machines, and not scale to massive...
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ALSA 1.0.21 Released With Many Driver Updates

Article Source PhoronixAugust 31, 2009, 8:04 am With it being a few months since the release of ALSA 1.0.20, it's now time for the ALSA 1.0.21 update. The ALSA driver package update (finally) brings the Creative X-Fi Linux driver officially along with a horde of updates to the other drivers...
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Linux Kernel Development Speeds Up

Article Source internetnews.com The pace of development, measured in terms of patches accepted every hour, was 42 percent faster than it had been in the first Who Writes Linux report. Between the 2.6.24 and the 2.6.30 releases, there were 5.45 patches accepted every hour, for an average of 10,923...
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Fixing Linux

Article Source Cyber CynicAugust 20, 2009, 10:04 am Everything has security problems, even Linux. An old and obscure problem with the gcc compiler was recently discovered to have left a security hole in essentially every version of Linux that anyone is likely to be running. Here's what you...
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