Linux Kernel News Archives
4 December 2013 - Facebook Btrfs - 19 Comments
Chris Mason and another lead Btrfs developer have sent out a kernel patch today updating their email addresses as they will be joining Facebook to work on the Linux file-system.
4 December 2013 - Matthew Garrett - 15 Comments
Matthew Garrett has written an insightful blog post about security issues pertaining to the Linux kernel's kexec functionality that could defeat any security benefits provided by Secure Boot. Using kexec could even allow you to boot a Windows kernel.
2 December 2013 - Linux 3.13 Drivers - 1 Comment
While the Intel, Radeon, and Nouveau (NVIDIA) DRM drivers are the most commonly talked about kernel graphics drivers talked about on Phoronix for the Direct Rendering Manager, there have been many smaller DRM/KMS drivers seeing the light of day in recent kernels.
30 November 2013 - Ultrabook Power Use - 11 Comments
At the request of many Phoronix readers, here are some new battery power usage benchmarks on every recent Linux kernel release from Linux 3.7.0 to Linux 3.13 Git. Has an Intel "Ivy Bridge" Ultrabook's power consumption changed much due to the continuous kernel churn? Here's the answer.
29 November 2013 - Linux 3.13-rc2 - 5 Comments
Linus Torvalds is celebrating Black Friday by giving out a great deal for Linux users: the Linux 3.13-rc2 kernel is now available for testing and regression spotting.
25 November 2013 - zRAM - 21 Comments
While zRAM has been part of the Linux kernel's staging area for a while now and this RAM-based compressed block device is used by Chrome OS and Android, it's struggling to get promoted to the main area of the kernel.
22 November 2013 - Linux 3.13 Kernel - 4 Comments
Linus Torvalds announced the Linux 3.13-rc1 kernel on Friday.
22 November 2013 - DRM Pull - 1 Comment
For those keeping track of Linux 3.13 kernel activity, another DRM subsystem pull update was submitted during this merge window.
20 November 2013 - Linux 3.14 Is Unlikely - 23 Comments
Today at the virtual Ubuntu Developer Summit it was generally agreed upon that Ubuntu 14.04 LTS will be targeting the Linux 3.13 kernel to power the distribution, but there's a chance 3.14 might happen.
20 November 2013 - ACPI Updates Too
A second pull request has been submitted for the Linux 3.13 kernel that provides further updates to the often less than desirable ACPI and power management code.
20 November 2013 - SquashFS Made Faster - 6 Comments
SquashFS is commonly used by Linux distributions as a compressed read-only file-system commonly used by the Live CD/DVD/USB versions of distributions like Ubuntu, Arch, Fedora, Debian, etc. There's some performance improvements to be merged into the Linux kernel that will make SquashFS even faster. SquashFS decompression can be multiple times faster with these patches.
18 November 2013 - Missing Features - 2 Comments
While there's many exciting features to Linux 3.13, there's still some features that you won't find in this next major Linux kernel update.
17 November 2013 - /dev/random - 15 Comments
The /dev/random changes went in for the Linux 3.13 kernel and this pull request was even interesting for the very promising next kernel release. While not in Linux 3.13, it's mentioned the Linux kernel might also end up taking a security feature from the FreeBSD playbook.
15 November 2013 - Linux 3.13
While the merge window for the Linux 3.13 kernel isn't even over yet, this next major kernel update is already looking to be rather exciting with a number of new features.
15 November 2013 - Linux 3.13 DRM - 11 Comments
While many independent Phoronix articles have been covering the Linux 3.13 kernel changes for the individual DRM graphics drivers, the DRM subsystem pull request in its entirety was submitted yesterday for mainlining.
14 November 2013 - Lots Of Goodies
The Kernel-based Virtual Machine updates for the Linux 3.13 kernel were filed today and includes a fair amount of improvements for virtualization on PowerPC hardware, but there's also some x86 improvements too.
14 November 2013 - Btrfs Linux 3.13 - 23 Comments
The Linux 3.13 kernel brings major enhancements to Samsung's F2FS file-system but the EXT4 and XFS changes aren't too exciting. How are the Btrfs changes for this next kernel? We now know thanks to a new pull request from Chris Mason.
14 November 2013 - Linux Block Layer - 2 Comments
The multi-queue block layer (blk-mq) has indeed made it for Linux 3.13 as one (of many other) exciting features. The multi-queue block layer can lead to better SSD performance through reducing latency by balancing I/O workload across multiple CPU cores and allowing for multiple hardware queues.
13 November 2013 - EXT4, F2FS
Earlier today the F2FS file-system "major enhancements" were merged for the Linux 3.13 kernel and now we have pull requests issued for EXT4 and XFS file-system updates.
13 November 2013 - Linux 3.13 F2FS - 2 Comments
For those in need of a high-performance specially-optimized file-system for flash storage devices, the F2FS file-system developed at Samsung has seen more "major enhancements" queued up for the Linux 3.13 kernel.