News Category: Linux Kernel

Linux at 25: Q&A With Linus Torvalds

The creator of the Linux open-source operating system talks about its past, present, and future.  Linus Torvalds created the original core of the Linux operating system in 1991 as a computer science student at the University of Helsinki in Finland. Linux rapidly grew into a full-featured operating...
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Linus Torvalds Announces First Linux Kernel 4.6 RC Build, Introduces OrangeFS

Now that everyone is enjoying Linux kernel 4.5, though the reality is that we haven't seen any production operating system using it until today, the time has come for early adopters to take Linux kernel 4.6 for a test drive. Yes, you're reading it right, the merge window for Linux kernel 4.6 is...
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Linux Kernel 3.12.57 LTS Out Now with ALSA, EFI, and Xen Improvements, Bugfixes

On March 18, 2016, kernel developer Jiri Slaby announced the release of the fifty-seventh maintenance build of the long-term supported Linux 3.12 kernel series. Earlier this week we announced several Linux kernel maintenance releases, including Linux kernel 4.4.6 LTS, Linux kernel 3.14.65 LTS,...
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Linux 4.6 Staging Has 1600+ Patches, ~400 Patches From Outreachy

Greg Kroah-Hartman on Thursday submitted his pull request of the staging area changes for targeting the Linux 4.6 kernel. Greg noted in the pull request, "Lots of little things here, over 1600 patches or so. [Notable] is all of the good Lustre work happening, those developers have finally woken up...
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EFI Security Improvements And More For Linux 4.6

EFI-enabled systems will see some nice improvements with the upcoming Linux 4.6 kernel.  One of the big EFI changes for Linux 4.6 that was already delayed twice before is using separate EFI page tables when executing EFI firmware code, which is done in order to isolate the EFI context from the...
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Linux 4.6 Will Improve the Security of 32-bit Programs

Besides the 4.6 scheduler updates, another interesting pull request today by Ingo Molnar are the mm updates.  Most notable to the mm pull request is the enabling of full ASLR randomization for 32-bit programs. Yes, about Address Space Layout Randomization. If you're not familiar with it, see ...
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KVM Changes Ready for the Linux 4.6 Kernel

Paolo Bonzini has sent in the KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) changes for the Linux 4.6 kernel merge window, which he describes as "one of the largest releases for KVM."  While the KVM changes for Linux 4.6 are numerous, they are mostly architecture-specific changes for this important piece of...
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Linux 4.5 Kernel Officially Released

Linus Torvalds went ahead and released Linux 4.5 over the night. He announced, "So this is later on a Sunday than my usual schedule, because I just couldn't make up my mind whether I should do another rc8 or not, and kept just waffling about it. In the end, I obviously decided not to, but it could...
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Heterogeneous Memory Management Work Is Being Renewed for the Linux Kernel

Back in 2014 is when longtime open-source graphics driver developer Jerome Glisse began pushing his patches for Heterogeneous Memory Management in the Linux kernel, while that work is still ongoing but has now been renewed.  We last heard an update on Heterogeneous Memory Management (HMM) last...
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Linux Kernel 4.1.19 LTS Has IPv6, IPv4, and Btrfs Fixes, Many Updated Drivers

Immediately after announcing the release of Linux kernel 3.18.28 LTS, Sasha Levin published details about the general availability of the nineteenth maintenance build of the long-term supported Linux 4.1 kernel series. Linux kernel 4.1.19 LTS appears to be a pretty big release that changes a total...
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