Recently there were a number of requests about testing the latest state of Liquorix, the self-prcolaimed "better distro kernel" that is an optimized version of the Linux kernel with extra patches that makes it optimal for desktop, multimedia, and gaming workloads. Here's some fresh Liquorix vs. mainline Linux kernel performance benchmarks.
Last week I delivered some Linux 4.3 Git kernel benchmarks on Intel Skylake comparing it to Linux 4.2 stable. However, for those not yet on Intel's latest generation of processors, here are some Linux 4.2 vs. Linux 4.3 benchmarks with older hardware.
Andreas Gruenbacher published the tenth version of the Richacls patch set on Sunday. After a lot of work, it looks like at least the core and local file-system code changes might be merged for the Linux 4.4 kernel.
Linus Torvalds just released the Linux 4.3-rc5 kernel as the latest weekly development release leading up to Linux 4.3.
New KDBUS patches continue being published for this in-kernel IPC mechanism based on D-Bus, but it hasn't been communicated yet whether Linux 4.4 is the next target for hoping to mainline this controversial code.
Sarah Sharp stepped down as a Linux kernel developer this week over what she feels is bad and toxic behavior on the Linux kernel mailing list with a lack of respect and colorful language. Her announcement sparked a lot of people to come out with polarized views and Matthew Garrett also ended up stepping away from making mainline kernel contributions. Well known kernel developer James Bottomley has now published a blog post expressing different views.
In the past year or so there's been a lot to talk about when it comes to eBPF in the Linux kernel as an in-kernel virtual machine. The latest functionality being worked on is supporting eBPF for unprivileged users.
A day after Sarah Sharp formally announced she's stepping away from Linux kernel development due to the arguably toxic community, well known kernel developer Matthew Garrett announced he too is planning to cease his personal contributions to the upstream Linux kernel.
While Sarah Sharp had been a longtime Linux kernel develoepr and encouraged females to get involved with Linux kernel development, she is stopping any further contributions to the upstream kernel.
Linus Torvalds has tagged the Linux 4.3-rc4 kernel a few minutes ago in Git. Besides bug-fixing, this new kernel update adds a post-merge-window feature of a new and more secure string copy function for developers to utilize in the future.
While there's sadly not been much in the way of new feature development activity for Reiser4, this out-of-tree file-system continues to be ported to new versions of the Linux kernel.
While Linus Torvalds commonly releases Linux kernel updates late into Sunday evenings, this week he's done a Sunday morning release for kernel testers living in the US.
Since earlier this year the Etnaviv DRM driver has been under review for eventual inclusion into the mainline Linux kernel. The second version of the Etnaviv patches have now been published for review.
The two extensions still blocking the Intel open-source Linux driver from OpenGL 4.0 compliance is ARB_gpu_shader_fp64 and ARB_tessellation shader. It looks like Intel might be getting closer to landing their tessellation enablement.
Linus Torvalds has tagged and released the Linux 4.3-rc2 kernel.
Out of the dozen plus systems at Phoronix devoted to running the latest Linux kernel Git code on a daily basis with the latest Fedora/Ubuntu packages, only 3~4 of them have hit regressions so far on the new, in-development Linux 4.3 kernel.
More atomic mode-setting work is being queued up for eventual integration into what will become Linux 4.4 a few months down the road.
ZFS On Linux 0.6.5 was released this week with support for the new Linux 4.2 kernel and a variety of new features.
Linus Torvalds decided to release the first release candidate for the Linux 4.3 kernel today.
It was just a week ago that the big DRM pull request was mailed in for the Linux 4.3 kernel and now some fixes for the DRM drivers have already been sent in.
One of the late pull requests in for the Linux 4.3 merge window is the thermal driver updates.
While a lot of features/changes have merged so far for the Linux 4.3 kernel, one feature you won't find at least not yet is KDBUS.
Overall it seems the file-system driver updates for the Linux 4.3 kernel aren't too exciting with the work mostly consisting of bug fixes -- XFS isn't any different.
We're about half-way through the Linux 4.3 kernel merge window so here's a look at the features that have got me excited over the past week as new features and improved/changed functionality for this next major update to the Linux kernel.
David Airlie has sent in the main pull request of the Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) driver updates for the Linux 4.3 kernel merge window.
While the F2FS and EXT4 updates for Linux 4.3 weren't too meaty, there's a bit more going on in the Btrfs camp.
The EXT4 file-system updates have been sent in for the Linux 4.3 kernel.
For those interested in F2FS as a Linux file-system to use on solid-state drives and other flash storage devices, here's the latest updates for it with Linux 4.3.
Jiri Kosina sent in his pull requests for code he maintains within the mainline Linux kernel, with one of the notable subsystems being the HID updates.
While yesterday it looked like the EXT3 driver would be removed in Linux 4.3 as the pull request was sent in and there were no objections brought up last month when it was proposed, Linus Torvalds has taken issue with removing the driver.
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