News Category: Linux Kernel

Linux Driver Project Status Report

Article Source linux kernel monkey logJune 5, 2009, 7:04 am The Linux Driver Project (LDP) is now over two years old. It sprang up out of the complaints from some users and companies that there was a real "Linux driver problem". The perception was that Linux did not have good driver support...
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Filesystems: Data Preservation, fsync, and Benchmarks Pt. 3

Article Source Linux Developer NetworkJune 3, 2009, 8:07 am In the third and final part of this series on examining filesystem benchmarks, we'll examine the obvious benchmark of how many open, write, fsync, close, rename cycles can be performed per second, as well as the benchmark program...
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Kernel prepatch 2.6.30-rc8

Article Source LWNJune 3, 2009, 5:25 am This is almost certainly the last -rc, and I debated even doing it. But rather than just do 2.6.30, I decided that I'd be better off doing a lastÂ¬â  -rc8 and then a real release probably this weekend. This has mostly driver and arch updates, with...
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Filesystems: Data Preservation, fsync, and Benchmarks Pt. 2

In Part 1 of this three-part series, we began to examine the potential data loss issue on system crash when running the ext4 filesystem. In Part 2, we'll examine benchmarks and the price of data consistency. As Theodore Ts'o blog advocates using fsync(2) to get around the rename issue...
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Updating GRUB After Installation of a New Linux Distribution or Kernel

Article Source Bright HubMay 27, 2009, 4:13 pm Have you just compiled a new kernel image? Installed a new Linux distribution? Before you can boot to the new distribution or kernel, you must make an entry for it in the GRUB configuration file. In this article, we'll take a look at a couple of...
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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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