News Category: Linux Kernel

Linus Torvalds: Gadget Reviewer

If you know anything about Linus Torvalds, you know he's the mastermind and overlord of Linux. If you know him at all well, you know he's also an enthusiastic scuba diver and author of SubSurface, a do-it-all dive log program. And, if you know him really well, you'd know, like many other developers...
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Linux 4.13 RC1 Arrives: 'Get Testing' Says ​Linus Torvalds

Linus Torvalds took the wraps off the first Linux 4.13 kernel release candidate on Saturday, a day ahead of its expected release. The new release candidate (RC) comes a fortnight after the stable release of Linux 4.12, which was one of the biggest updates in the kernel's 25 year history. That...
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How Open Source Took Over the World

GOING WAY BACK, pretty much all software was effectively open source. That's because it was the preserve of a small number of scientists and engineers who shared and adapted each other's code (or punch cards) to suit their particular area of research. Later, when computing left the lab for the...
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Linus Torvalds released Linux kernel 4.12 on July 2 and remarked how it was "one of the bigger releases historically."

Linux Kernel 4.12: "One of The Bigger Releases"

Linus Torvalds released Linux kernel 4.12 on Sunday, July 2 and remarked how it was "one of the bigger releases historically." Indeed, just shy of 12,000 commits, only 4.9 was significantly larger, and that was because Greg Kroah-Hartman declared it an LTS release. Despite Torvalds' unassuming...
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An Introduction to Linux's EXT4 Filesystem

In previous articles about Linux filesystems, I wrote an introduction to Linux filesystems and about some higher-level concepts such as everything is a file. I want to go into more detail about the specifics of the EXT filesystems, but first, let's answer the question, "What is a filesystem?" A...
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Faster Machine Learning Is Coming to the Linux Kernel

It's been a long time in the works, but a memory management feature intended to give machine learning or other GPU-powered applications a major performance boost is close to making it into one of the next revisions of the kernel. Heterogenous memory management (HMM) allows a device’s driver to...
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Linus Torvalds has returned to an animal-themed name with Linux kernel 4.11 -- Fearless Coyote. Read on for details.

Linux Kernel 4.11 ‘Fearless Coyote’ Released

Linus Torvalds has returned to an animal-themed nickname for Kernel 4.11. After 4.10 was named “Happy Anniversary" for a brief time in its development cycle, 4.11 is Fearless Coyote, a name carried over from version 4.10-rc6. And, after spending an extra week on rc8, Torvalds remarked how the last...
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Linux Kernel 4.11 Officially Released, Adds Support for Intel Gemini Lake SoCs

As expected, Linus Torvalds proudly announced today, April 30, 2017, the general availability of the final release of the Linux 4.11 kernel, a major update that adds numerous improvements and new features. Linux kernel 4.11 has been in development for the past two months, since very early March,...
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ftrace: Trace your Kernel Functions!

Hello! Today we’re going to talk about a debugging tool we haven’t talked about much before on this blog: ftrace. What could be more exciting than a new debugging tool?! Better yet, ftrace isn’t new! It’s been around since Linux kernel 2.6, or about 2008. here’s the earliest documentation I found...
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What Drives Linux Guru Wim Coekaerts? Have Fun, Build Things People Will Use

When Wim Coekaerts is solving problems and building things, he’s happy. When he’s not, he’s not. In his long career, he’s found joy working on early database appliances, and later guiding Oracle’s effort to make Linux, the open source operating system he’d played with since his school days in...
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