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Linux Kernel News Archives

Google Wants Fast Queue Spinlocks For The Linux Kernel

A Google engineer has proposed "Fast Queue Spinlocks" for the Linux kernel as an alternative in select cases to the default ticket spinlock.
23 January 2013 - Fast Queue Spinlocks - 1 Comment

Linux Foundation Puts Out Linux 3.4 "LTSI" Kernel

From the Linux Foundation's Consumer Electronics Workgroup is a Linux 3.4 kernel that's part of their Long-Term Support Initiative. The LTSI Linux 3.4 kernel will be maintained for two years while back-porting some of the features of newer Linux kernel releases.
22 January 2013 - LTSI Kernel - 4 Comments

DRM KMS Locking Rework Readied For Linux 3.9

The DRM KMS locking re-work patch series is ready and has been queued up for merging into the Linux 3.9 kernel.
21 January 2013 - DRM KMS Locking - 3 Comments

Aggressive Low Memory Booster For The Linux Kernel

Last week on the Linux kernel mailing list was a proposal for an Aggressive Low Memory Booster. This is potentially an interesting feature for Linux systems with limited amounts of RAM.
20 January 2013 - Aggressiveness - 36 Comments

Linux Still Being Ported To The Synopsys ARC CPU

The Linux kernel is still being ported to new hardware. One of the latest processor families that has been receiving a Linux kernel port is the Synopsys ARC700 series.
18 January 2013 - Synopsys ARC

Linux 3.8-rc4 Kernel: Things Are Calming Down

Linus Torvalds released the fourth release candidate of the Linux 3.8 kernel on Thursday evening.
18 January 2013 - Linux 3.8-rc4

A Common System Device Hot-Plug Framework For Linux

An experimental system device hot-plug framework for the Linux kernel is still being developed. This framework is meant to be commomon for system device hot-plugging for system devices like CPU and RAM while being platform-neutral.
17 January 2013 - System Hot-Plug - 8 Comments

Bcache For The Linux Kernel Might Finally Be Ready

It's been a long time coming, but Bcache might finally be merged soon into the mainline Linux kernel. Bcache provides a block-layer SSD cache for Linux with write-back and write-through support for solid-state drives.
15 January 2013 - Linux Bcache - 7 Comments

Intel Begins Making Graphics Changes For Linux 3.9

Here's some of the improvements that the Intel open-source Linux graphics driver will see with the Linux 3.9 kernel release.
11 January 2013 - Linux 3.9 Kernel

Linux 3.8-rc3 Kernel: A Fairly Normal-Sized One

The third release candidate to the Linux 3.8 kernel was issued on Wednesday evening.
10 January 2013 - Linux 3.8 Kernel

Linux Zswap Still Aiming For Compressed Swap Caching

A second version of the Zswap patch-set for the Linux kernel was published this week. The Zswap patches provide compressed swap caching support to compress pages in the process of being swapped and compresses them into a dynamically allocated RAM-backed memory pool.
9 January 2013 - Zswap - 6 Comments

QEMU: Support For Passing GPUs To Virtual Machines

There's ongoing work so that graphics cards can be assigned for use by virtual machines with QEMU.
8 January 2013 - QEMU VFIO - 12 Comments

Major Network Performance Regressions In Linux

Affecting the latest Linux kernel release, Linux 3.7, are "multiple apparently unrelated network performance issues." The major network performance problems were reported by a well-known Linux kernel developer.
6 January 2013 - Linux 3.7 - 7 Comments

Linux 3.8-rc2 Kernel Released

Linus Torvalds has announced the first development kernel update of 2013.
3 January 2013 - Linux 3.8-rc2

Tux3 Comes Back To Life, Brings Competition To EXT4

It's been a few years since last having anything to talk about with regard to the Tux3 file-system, but with the new year comes news on Tux3. This file-system has advanced and is more competitive now with EXT4.
1 January 2013 - Tux3 Surprise - 18 Comments

KTAP: A New Dynamic Tracing Tool For Linux

KTAP is an experimental project that's a new dynamic tracing tool for Linux. KTAP has several different design principles from SystemTap, one of the current most common dynamic instrumentation and tracing tools for Linux. This new project might satisfy some of those developers that have been wanting Sun/Oracle's DTrace to come to Linux.
31 December 2012 - KTAP - 1 Comment

Nouveau Gets More Improvements For Linux 3.8

Over this weekend a new DRM pull request was submitted by David Airlie for the Linux 3.8 kernel.
30 December 2012 - Linux 3.8 - 6 Comments

Intel Quiet System Technology (QST) Support In Linux

A new driver has been written for supporting Intel QST, Quiet System Technology, on Linux.
25 December 2012 - Intel QST

What Didn't Make The Cut For The Linux 3.8 Kernel

While there's a lot of features that are new to the Linux 3.8 kernel as covered in The Feature Overview For The Linux 3.8 Kernel, there's also several promising new features and functionality that didn't make the cut for this next kernel release.
25 December 2012 - Missing Features - 6 Comments

The Feature Overview For The Linux 3.8 Kernel

With the merge window having closed on the Linux 3.8 kernel, here's a comprehensive list of the most interesting features for this next major open-source kernel release.
24 December 2012 - Features

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