News Category: Linux Kernel

The Linux vs Meltdown and Spectre Battle Continues

So, where are we with fixing the problems? Work is continuing, but the latest update of the stable Linux kernel, 4.14.2, has the current patches. Some people may experience boot problems with this release, but 4.14.13 will be out in a few days. Patches have also been added to the 4.4 and 4.9 stable...
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Linux Kernel 4.15 to Arrive in Two Weeks as Linus Torvalds Releases Seventh RC

Linux kernel 4.15 has been in development since the end of November 2017, and it's now time the development cycle to come to an end, and today's Release Candidate brings even more of the x86 page table isolation (PTI) patches to mitigate those nasty Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities...
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​Major Linux Redesign in the Works to Deal with Intel Security Flaw

A serious security memory problem in all Intel chips has led to Linux's developers resetting how to deal with memory. The result will be a more secure, but -- as Linux creator Linus Torvalds says -- slower operating system. Long ago, Intel made a design mistake in its 64-bit chips -- and now, all...
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Linus Torvalds Wishes Everyone a Happy New Year, Releases Linux Kernel 4.15 RC6

Linus Torvalds doesn't take a break, not even on New Year's Eve, and he just announced the release of the sixth RC (Release Candidate) milestone of the upcoming Linux 4.15 kernel series. It looks like the development of Linux kernel 4.15 wasn't interrupted by the winter holidays, nor the new year's...
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Linux Kernel Developer: Shuah Khan

The Linux kernel development community remains extremely busy, as shown in the recent Linux Kernel Development Report, written by Jonathan Corbet and Greg Kroah-Hartman. Since the 4.7 release, just under 83,000 changesets have been merged from 4,319 individual developers representing 519 known...
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Linux Kernel Development Cycle

The kernel development cycle has evolved so beautifully overtime that it has set an example in the open source world. Having contributed to the kernel I actually enjoyed learning about the whole development cycle. Terms like mainline kernel, rc, stable release, long-term support confused me a lot...
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Linux Kernel Developer: Thomas Gleixner

Since the beginning of the Git era (that is, the 2.6.11 release in 2005), a total of 15,637 developers have contributed to the Linux kernel, according to the recent Linux Kernel Development Report, written by Jonathan Corbet and Greg Kroah-Hartman. One of the top 30 developers is Thomas Gleixner,...
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Linux Then, and Why You Should Learn It Now

The booming popularity of Linux happened around the same time as the rise of the web. The server world, once proprietary, eventually fell in love with Linux just the same way networking did. But for years after it began growing in popularity, it remained in the background. It powered some of the...
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Part of the ongoing Linux development work involves hardening the kernel against attack.

Linux Kernel Developer: Kees Cook

Security is paramount these days for any computer system, including those running on Linux. Thus, part of the ongoing Linux development work involves hardening the kernel against attack, according to the recent Linux Kernel Development Report. Here, Kees Cook, Software Engineer at Google, answers a...
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Linux Kernel 4.15 Gets a Slightly Bigger Second RC, Linus Torvalds Isn't Worried

The development cycle of the upcoming Linux 4.15 kernel continues with the second Release Candidate, which was announced this past weekend by Linus Torvalds.  Linus Torvalds kicked off the development of Linux kernel 4.15 last week when he announced the first Release Candidate milestone, which...
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