News Category: Linux Kernel

USB Wireless Drivers In Linux

Article Source Bright HubMay 24, 2009, 1:00 pm Installing a wireless device is considered by many to be the most time-consuming and frustrating part of their installation process, and this doesn't change when it comes to USB wireless devices. With a little care and a little research, however...
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Kernel prepatch 2.6.30-rc7

Article Source LWNMay 23, 2009, 8:22 pm 2.6.30-rc7 is out. "So go wild. I suspect I'll do an -rc8, but we're definitely getting closer to release-time - it would be good to get as much testing as possible, and it should generally be pretty safe to try this all out." The long-format...
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Filesystems: Data Preservation, fsync, and Benchmarks Pt. 1

The potential data loss issue on system crash when running the ext4 filesystem has recently received wide coverage (LWN, Theodore Ts'o blog, Slashdot). Many users expressed the opinion that ext4 should not be more prone to losing data on system crash than ext3 was. The opposing opinion...
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Kernel Log: Alsa Driver for the X-Fi, Debate Over TuxOnIce

Article Source The HMay 21, 2009, 1:24 am The Linux kernel will soon include a driver for Creative's X-Fi sound cards. After a long pause, the kernel development team are once again debating merging TuxOnIce. ALSA and kernel developer Takashi Iwai has received an open source driver for X-Fi...
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Kernel prepatch 2.6.30-rc6

Article Source LWNMay 16, 2009, 6:50 am Things definitely are calming down, with just about 300 commits in the last week. And most of them are pretty small too, although the powerpc updates brought some defconfig changes that look largish. Somewhat unusually, the dirstat shows filesystems with...
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Churning Butter(FS): An Interview with Chris Mason

Article Source Linux MagazineMay 12, 2009, 2:40 pm Following up our introductory article on “Butter FS,” Jeff Layton talked with Chris Mason, Director of Linux Kernel Engineering at Oracle and the founder and lead developer of Btrfs. Jeff Layton What was the motivation behind the...
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WiFi cards to offer Linux drivers

Article Source LinuxDevicesApril 28, 2009, 12:53 pm Socket Mobile has joined the trend of offering Linux support for WiFi cards by announcing Linux drivers for its Go Wi-Fi SDIO WLAN cards and modules. The drivers will be offered via a partnership with Embwise, which is porting its SDIOWorx...
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Stable Kernel Update 2.6.29.2

Article Source LWNApril 27, 2009, 12:09 pm The 2.6.29.2 stable kernel update is out; it contains about 100 patches. "There are a lot of fixes in this release touching all over the tree. At least a few have possible security impact (e.g. af_rose, agp, capability fs_mask, splice/ocfs2). As...
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Linus on Linux: The Linus Torvalds Interview Part 2

Article Source Linux MagazineApril 26, 2009, 9:54 pm Your project was one of the early adopters of distributed revision control, starting with BitKeeper in 2002, and now Git. What advice to you have for other projects, either in-house or out in the open, that are considering moving to a...
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Packard on the state of Linux graphics

Article Source LWNApril 25, 2009, 10:09 am Keith Packard has posted an extensive summary of the state of the art in Linux graphics support and where things are going in the future. "In moving towards our eventual goal of a KMS/GEM/DRI2 world, we’ve felt obligated to avoid removing options...
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