Linux 2.6.33-rc1 Kernel Released
Linus Torvalds has just announced that the merge window for the Linux 2.6.33 kernel has closed and as a result he has pushed out Linux 2.6.33-rc1. The first release candidate for Linux 2.6.33 delivers on a plethora of new code, including the long-awaited Nouveau driver (which Linus mentions in the 2.6.33-rc1 announcement) and many graphics DRM improvements. Among the DRM changes to be delivered by the Linux 2.6.33 kernel include Radeon HDMI audio, R600/700 IRQ support, the KMS page-flipping ioctl, VMware's new driver, Intel driver improvements, and many core enhancements to the Direct Rendering Manager.
Outside of the graphs realm, the Linux 2.6.33 kernel brings CFQ scheduler improvements, new drivers, and other key enhancements. The performance of the Linux 2.6.33 kernel can be monitored on a daily basis through Phoromatic Tracker that just launched from our test farm this week.
Below is the Linux 2.6.33-rc1 kernel release announcement. Going forward with the Linux 2.6.34 kernel and future releases, Linus is looking at making the merge window a few days shorter (11~12 days as opposed to 14) to prevent developers from issuing pull requests so late into the new development cycle.
So the merge window is closed, and -rc1 is out there now.
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