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Linux 2.6.34-rc4 Kernel Pulls In Two Weeks Of Work

Linux Kernel

Published on 12 April 2010 10:39 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel
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For those not paying close attention to the development cycle for the Linux 2.6.34 kernel, two weeks have passed since the Linux 2.6.34-rc3 release (compared to the usual weekly -rc versions), but today 2.6.34-rc4 is hitting the hands of testers. It's taken longer to get the fourth release candidate of 2.6.34 out the door due to a "really annoying" VM regression that took some days to resolve.

The VM code almost ended up being reverted, but in the end the issue was tracked down and corrected. Many other bugs have also been squashed in 2.6.34-rc4 and a new network driver has been added. The new Linux network driver is cxgb4 and is for Chelsio's new 1G and 10G T4 adapters. There's also a fairly sizable kernel DRM (Direct Rendering Manager) pull in this release that brings a few Radeon KMS fixes and a healthy set of Nouveau DRM changes.

The Linux 2.6.34-rc4 release announcement with the short change-log can be found at LKML.org. We continue to monitor the performance of the very latest Linux kernel code on a daily basis at kernel-tracker.phoromatic.com.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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