With development dragging on for the Linux 3.13 kernel until the middle of January, here's a recap of some of the most important changes that landed into Linux 3.13 that either provided new features, performance improvements, or are worth noting for one reason or another. There's also a rundown of all the Linux kernel benchmarks we've done on this new kernel to date.
It's been almost one and a half years since Samsung introduced the F2FS file-system. Samsung's game-plan for F2FS still isn't yet clear with not having seen any widespread flash deployments yet on consumer devices, but regardless, it's continuing to receive new improvements and features each Linux kernel update.
While there's already been many performance benchmarks of the Linux 3.13 kernel on Phoronix through numerous articles, following this weekend's release of Linux 3.13-rc7, I ran a fresh performance comparison.
For those in need of some light reading this weekend, the latest comical proposal hitting the Linux kernel mailing list is to have a new project writing portions of the kernel in the Perl programming language.
The Linux 3.13-rc7 kernel was released this weekend and development activity is quickly settling down, but there will still be at least a 3.13-rc8 next week before declaring the final version of this big kernel update.
The Volatile Ranges feature for the Linux kernel is now in its third year of being developed and a new set of sixteen patches were published today but there's still no sign that the code is ready for merging in the near-term.
While there hasn't been any front-page news out of the project in a while, GrSecurity is still an ongoing effort to harden the mainline Linux kernel.
Near the beginning of the month I wrote about an Intel developer finding a Linux kernel power regression increasing the system's power use by 50 Watts. After extensive testing and investigating, the issue has been fixed ahead of the Linux 3.13 kernel release and is proposed for stable point releases on the 3.10, 3.11, and 3.12 kernels.
Linus Torvalds released the Linux 3.13-rc6 kernel today, which is a very small release given that it was over a holiday week.
A supposed Linux kernel developer has called upon Linus Torvalds and other kernel developers to take action against Richard Stallman and the GNU/Linux naming controversy.
Linus Torvalds plans on extending the time until the Linux 3.13 kernel release officially happens. The final release will take place around mid-January.
Linus Torvalds announced the official release of RC5 for the Linux 3.13 kernel this Sunday.
The latest benchmarks to share from the ASUS Zenbook Prime are some quick tests performed looking at the performance of the Intel Ivy Bridge Ultrabook when its solid-state drive is tested on Ubuntu 13.10 with the Linux 3.12 kernel, then with the EXT4 TRIM/Discard option, and then running different I/O schedulers.
While we're mid-way through the Linux 3.13 kernel development cycle and the Linux 3.12 kernel has been out for almost two months, the Reiser4 file-system is finally available for this latest stable kernel release series.
With word recently of a 50 Watt Linux kernel power regression that's still being investigated, I carried out some more power consumption tests of a Core i7 4770K Haswell system to see if its power usage has been impacted by recent kernel upgrades.
For those relying upon Security Enhanced Linux SELinux within an enterprise environment or just very security minded, ZFS On Linux now has full support for SELinux.
ZRAM has finally been promoted out of staging and into the main area of the Linux kernel within the block subsystem.
Linux 3.13-rc4 was released today but Linus Torvalds isn't too happy as this latest test release is much bigger than the earlier development RCs.
Android's ION memory allocator has been proposed for mainlining into the Linux kernel.
At the request of several Phoronix readers, here are some new CPU governor benchmarks from the Linux 3.13 development kernel as of Friday.
While we're still waiting on 3D/OpenGL guest acceleration for KVM/QEMU guests, a Bochs DRM kernel driver is still being developed for the virtual VGA adapters using the Bochs DISPI interface on QEMU.
A "Knock" patch has been proposed for the mainline Linux kernel that would provide NAT-compatible, TCP stealthy port knocking for improved network security of Linux systems.
KTAP version 0.4 is now available as the script-based dynamic tracing tool for Linux.
While Fedora 20 isn't going to be released until at least the middle of the month and the Linux 3.12 kernel has been stable since the start of November, the bleeding-edge Fedora Linux will not be shipping with Linux 3.12 by default.
Linus Torvalds has done another Friday release of the latest Linux 3.13 kernel merge window.
The BFS Linux kernel scheduler by Con Kolivas is up to version 0.444 this week and this updated scheduler is available for the Linux 3.12 kernel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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