For those running an Intel ultrabook, here's some benchmarks using the Linux 3.16 kernel on this portable x86 hardware compared to Linux 3.15. Unfortunately, the results aren't too promising.
The second revision to SUSE's kGraft mechanism for live kernel patching of running systems is now available.
Linus Torvalds released Linux 3.16-rc2 on Saturday night rather than a conventional Sunday afternoon release due to obligations he has this week, but regardless, there's still many changes to find with this weekly kernel update.
Building upon the major blk-mq work for the multi-queue block layer, the SCSI multi-queue code is now in good shape according to its developers, is delivering very promising performance results, and should be merged into the Linux 3.17 kernel cycle.
With the recently released Linux 3.15 kernel is support for UAS. USB Attached SCSI will allow for significantly faster performance out of UAS-supported USB drive enclosures.
As anticipated, the Linux 3.16-rc1 kernel was released on Sunday night.
Linus Torvalds will most likely be releasing the Linux 3.16-rc1 kernel today, now that the merge window has been open for two weeks and the feature pull requests are coming to an end. Here's a concise look at the new features and improvements to be found with the Linux 3.16 kernel.
Dr. Greg Wettstein and his dog Izzy have announced the release of the Hugepage Block Device Driver for the Linux kernel.
One of the most exciting pull requests to Phoronix readers was just sent in a short time ago for the Linux 3.16 kernel... The DRM graphics subsystem driver changes.
Matthew Garrett sent in the x86 platform driver updates on Tuesday that are going into the Linux 3.16 kernel. This pull request is interesting for Dell Latitude laptop owners.
The Linux 3.15 kernel has now been released.
The Linux 3.15 kernel isn't even expected for release until later today, but thanks to the Linux 3.16 merge window opening a week early to adjust to Linus Torvalds' upcoming schedule, we already have a good idea for a portion of the changes for the next kernel cycle.
The latest Linux 3.16 kernel pull request worth covering on Phoronix are the latest LLVMLinux patches for being able to compile the kernel with Clang rather than GCC.
KGraft is the SUSE-developed approach to live-patching the Linux kernel as another reboot-less option similar to Ksplice.
Rafael Wysocki has sent in his ACPI and power management pull that will target the next Linux kernel release cycle.
Takashi Iwai has sent in the sound-related updates for the Linux 3.16 kernel.
The HID/input pull request for the Linux 3.16 merge window has been sent in with some useful additions.
With the Linux 3.15 kernel expected for release within the next few days, here is a rundown of the top features that are introduced as part of this big kernel release.
Among other pull requests in the past day like the new staging work and the plethora of ARM enhancements, Ingo Molnar sent in his scheduler changes for the Linux 3.16 kernel.
Greg Kroah-Hartman has sent out his various pull requests for the Linux 3.16 kernel. Of the subsystems maintained by Greg KH, the staging area again represents a bulk of the user-interesting changes.
The latest excitement out of the merge window for the Linux 3.16 kernel is a plethora of ARM hardware improvements.
Merged for the Linux 3.13 kernel was the multi-queue block layer allows for better SSD performance with reduced latency and by balancing I/O workload across multiple CPU cores and supporting multiple hardware queues. With the upcoming Linux 3.16 kernel, the "blk-mq" code is expected to be feature complete and deliver great performance.
The Nokia N900 smartphone launched in 2009 and for a time was quite popular with Linux enthusiasts, now has a modem driver within the mainline Linux kernel.
The eighth release candidate for the Linux 3.15 kernel has been released. The official release of Linux 3.15 should happen next week, but meanwhile Linus has decided to open the merge window for Linux 3.16 one week early.
Fallout from the many changes introduced early on in the Linux 3.15 kernel cycle are almost all addressed and this next kernel release should happen in the very near future. As some last minute work are some notable fixes for the Intel and Radeon DRM graphics drivers.
Work on supporting ARM's CoreSight technology within the mainline Linux kernel is back underway.
After writing yesterday about the BFQ I/O scheduler update with its hopeful intentions of landing within the mainline Linux kernel, some readers wrote in about updated I/O scheduler results... Here they are.
With the latest patches sent out today, the BFQ I/O scheduler is still trying to get accepted for the mainline Linux kernel.
Just a few days past the abnormally long Linux 3.15-rc6 kernel, the Linux 3.15-rc7 release just took place to put the Linux 3.15 kernel back on schedule.
While the KDBUS kernel D-Bus code was quick to advance and garner interest by upstream kernel developers and other stakeholders, with plans of merging KDBUS into the Linux kernel in 2014, it hasn't happened yet.
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