While we are already getting excited for the Linux 2.6.40 kernel
due to Intel Sandy Bridge performance improvements
with other patches
, hopefully G45 VA-API DRM bits
, maybe even a PowerVR driver
, and now a QEMU-KVM KMS graphics driver
, first the Linux 2.6.39 kernel needs to be christened. That though is getting closer to happening with the release last night of the Linux 2.6.39-rc4 kernel.
Linus Torvalds has tagged the fourth RC of the Linux 2.6.39 kernel
. Early on in the 2.6.39 development cycle, Linus found the work this time around to be unusually calm
and that continued even into last week's RC3 release
. This week, however, there was more churn than usual and when compared to 2.6.39-rc3.
There's been some block layer plugging issues in the Linux kernel due to some changes that appears to have caused an infinite stream of on-disk notifications on CD-ROMs. Linus and the other developers have been sorting the issue out and everything should be settled, but it caused more activity than normal.
The Linux 2.6.39-rc4 kernel also has various other changes. There's some file-system changes, including for Btrfs, along with the usual variety of driver updates. There are some DRM/KMS updates to fix various outstanding regressions.
More on the Linux 2.6.39-rc4 kernel can be found in the release announcement at LKML.org