News Category: Linux Kernel

Linux Kernel To Get Microsoft Code

Microsoft has contributed code to the Linux kernel. Such a statement has been made before, always under an "April 1" dateline or tagged as "humor." But neither of those conditions are the case today. The statement is completely true, and the relationship between Microsoft and Linux will never be...
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A Linux Security Story

Article Source Cyber CynicJuly 17, 2009, 11:02 am There's no such thing as perfect security. There are no programs that give you absolute software security. After all, security is a process, not a product. Linux's security process, though, is outstanding, which is one reason why it has great...
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Intel Claims No. 2 Linux Contributor Spot as Hedge Against Microsoft

Article Source The Open RoadJuly 17, 2009, 4:00 am In 2007 Red Hat stood on top of the Linux kernel contributor list with room to spare. At 12.7 percent of the Linux kernel contributed by Red Hat (measured in terms of lines changed), IBM was the runner-up at a comparatively distant 5.9...
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Linux 2.6.31-rc3 Released

Another week, another -rc. As I mentioned last time, I really wish things would calm down. And to _some_ degree they have. In other areas? Not so much. That said, the single biggest patch here is actually a revert - a removal of the Langwell USB OTG driver that wasn't ready and needed...
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Kernel Log: Progress with Free Graphics Drivers, Three New Stable Kernels

Article Source The HJuly 9, 2009, 1:42 am A new version of the nv driver supports later NVIDIA GPUs. Drivers giving 3D support for later Radeon GPUs are making progress, and so is code for running the X server without root rights. The kernel developers have now issued new stable kernel...
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Linux 2.6.31-rc2 Released

It's out there. Larger than I'd like, but the bulk of the changes are due to some late arch updates (MIPS, and powerpc documentation). There's also a fair amount of somewhat scary i915 updates, but the bulk of that is the new displayport support which shouldn't regress (but with some i2c api...
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New Linux Patch Could Circumvent Microsoft's FAT Patents

Article Source Ars TechnicaJuly 1, 2009, 6:15 pm Microsoft's recent lawsuit against TomTom, alleging infringement of filesystem patents, has left many questions unanswered about the legal implications of distributing open source implementations of Microsoft's FAT filesystem. A new Linux...
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Compiler Project Aims to Help Enterprise IT

As the world economy began tanking last fall, a small group of open source developers decided to get together to try to build a better mousetrap--in this case by using a more efficient compiler. Their idea was simple--if you create code that is compiled more efficiently, then the programs can...
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Linux 2.6.31-rc1 Released

We've had the regular two-week (and one day) merge window, and -rc1 is out, and the merge window is closed. [ I suspect I'll still merge the SCore architecture, I wanted to give it a quick peek, but I've been busy with all the other patches so I'm closing the merge window now, but leaving myself...
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Linux 2.6.29.5 Released

I'm announcing the release of the 2.6.29.5 kernel. All users of the 2.6.29 kernel series are very strongly encouraged to upgrade. I'll also be replying to this message with a copy of the patch between 2.6.29.4 and 2.6.29.5 The updated 2.6.29.y git tree can be found at:git://git.kernel.org/pub/...
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