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Linus Torvalds and Dirk Hohndel at LinuxCon 2016
Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux and Git, and Dirk Hohndel, chief open source officer at VMware, at LinuxCon 2016.

Linus Torvalds Reflects on 25 Years of Linux

When Linus Torvalds first announced his new operating system, Linux, on Aug. 25, 1991, it was a "completely personal project,” Torvalds said at LinuxCon today. The kernel totaled 10,000 lines of code that would only run on the same type of hard disk Torvalds himself used because the geometry of the...
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Linux Rules the World. Where to Next?

On the back of some significant improvements in the last year and a half, Linux is now the model for software development. At LinuxCon, Jim Zemlin, the Linux Foundation's executive director, said "Linux has gone far beyond what anyone could have expected" and that it's been the "most successful...
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LinuxCon to Showcase Linux at 25 and How It's Evolved

Linux users are set to assemble for the annual LinuxCon event, this time celebrating the 25th anniversary of the technology and how it's changed. The first time I met Jim Zemlin in person was 10 years ago, when he spoke in front of a small audience at the LinuxWorld Canada event in April 2006. At...
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Linux at 25: An Ecosystem, Not Only an OS

InfoWorld celebrates the 25th birthday of Linux -- and the new generation of open source projects Linux enabled. Today Linux has expanded far beyond its conquest of the server market. If you include Android, which is built around the Linux kernel, not to mention embedded Linux devices from TVs to...
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Linus Torvalds Announces a Fairly Small Third Linux Kernel 4.8 Release Candidate

Yes, it's Sunday, and yes, Linus Torvalds has just announced the availability of a new RC (Release Candidate) development milestone towards the upcoming Linux 4.8 kernel series. According to Linus Torvalds, the third Release Candidate build of Linux kernel 4.8 consists of approximately 60% updated...
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It's Time to Say Goodbye to Linux 4.6

'Please move to 4.7.1 now,' the kernel's lead maintainer says. If you're using a version of Linux based on the 4.6 series of the kernel, the software's lead maintainer has a message for you: It's time to upgrade. Greg Kroah-Hartman on Tuesday announced the arrival of Linux 4.6.7 and made it clear...
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The Linux kernel 4.7 release was a pretty leisurely, which Linus Torvalds attributes to "summer in the northern hemisphere."

Linux Kernel 4.7 Offers New Support for Virtual Devices, Drivers, and More

So, Linux kernel 4.7 is here. The release happened July 24, just over 10 weeks after the release of 4.6 and two weeks after the final release candidate (4.7-rc7). This release cycle was slightly longer than usual due to Torvalds traveling commitments. That said, the last sprint was a pretty...
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Linux 4.8 Bringing Intel MPX Enhancements, Work Towards Virtually Mapped Kernel Stacks

Ingo Molnar sent in his pull requests on Monday for the Linux 4.8 kernel. Among the interesting material this cycle were the x86/mm changes with some notable commits.The x86 memory management work for Linux 4.8 includes prep work for supporting virtually mapped kernel stacks, a workaround for...
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Linux 4.7 Debuts with Improved Security

The fourth major new Linux kernel of 2016 is now out with the debut today of Linux 4.7. The Linux 4.7 kernel follows Linux 4.6, which debuted on May 15. Among the new features that are included in Linux 4.7 is the LoadPin Linux Security Module "This LSM enforces that kernel-loaded files (modules,...
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Linux Kernel 4.1.28 LTS Is a Massive Update with XFS, MIPS and ARM Improvements

Linux kernel developer Sasha Levin has announced the release of the twenty-eighth maintenance update for the Linux 4.1 long-term supported kernel series, version 4.1.28. Linux kernel 4.1.28 LTS has been in development for the past three weeks since the June 23 debut of the previous maintenance...
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