With the release of the Linux 3.7 kernel being imminent (it might even be out today), here's an overview of the features and highlights of this 2012 holiday release of the Linux kernel.
For those interested in Non-Unified Memory Access performance under Linux, here's an independent performance comparison that puts the mainline kernel against three other NUMA kernels.
Imagination Technologies has published a set of 44 patches that add in over 28,000 lines of new code to the Linux kernel.
The Linux Kernel A-synchronous I/O support has been receiving some performance improvements and clean-ups that should soon be merged to mainline.
Linus Torvalds decided to release Linux 3.7-rc8 on Monday rather than christening the Linux 3.7 kernel release. The final release will now come next week and the Linux 3.8 merge window will close right before Christmas.
For the past several months there has been work on vhost-blk, an in-kernel virito-blk device accelerator. This kernel-based accelerator can provide measurable speed-ups for disk/block device access by virtualized guest machines.
James Bottomley wrote a new blog post this morning about why the Linux Foundation really isn't concerned about UEFI SecureBoot on ARM hardware (smart-phones, tablets, etc) compared to the work they are doing on x86 PCs with UEFI SecureBoot support for Linux.
Linus Torvalds released the Linux 3.7-rc7 kernel on Sunday night and considers this new release candidate to be "slightly scarier" than the previous 3.7-rc6 release.
Various improvements to the major open-source Linux graphics drivers will be landing with the Linux 3.8 kernel in the months ahead.
James Bottomley has written about the problems being faced by the Linux Foundation in having a Microsoft-approved validly-signed UEFI pre-bootloader.
Automatic NUMA Balancing has been quick to advance as it prepares for eventually merging into the mainline Linux kernel.
The sixth RC for the Linux 3.7 kernel is another calm release. Linus anticipates releasing a 3.7-rc7, but then we should see the final release in about two weeks time.
LDT has been published, a Linux Driver Template for helping new Linux kernel developers begin writing hardware device drivers.
For the past few days there has been a much-viewed and very polarized discussion happening on the Linux kernel mailing list about a possible GPL violation within the Linux kernel.
The Linux 3.7-rc5 kernel was releases on Sunday morning. It's a small weekly -rc release, which has left Linus Torvalds happy.
The Linux kernel has been ported to a new family of processors commonly found in TV set-top boxes, digital media players, and other devices.
The Linux 3.7-rc4 kernel was released on Sunday.
Last week it was discovered an EXT4 file-system corruption bug hit the stable Linux kernel. The true cause of this EXT4 bug has now been uncovered and patched within the mainline Linux kernel.
Linus Torvalds released the Linux 3.7-rc3 kernel on Sunday evening. There isn't much that stands out about this release, but there is a small comedic rant by Linus about the names of some kernel contributors.
While we're only half-way through the Linux 3.7 development cycle and there's already a lot of features to look forward to with this next kernel release, the Linux 3.8 kernel should also prove to be interesting.
Being roughly half-way through the Linux 3.7 kernel development cycle, here's a recap of some of the most interesting features for this forthcoming major kernel release.
In the discussion that followed when it was found a nasty EXT4 file-system corruption bug hit recent Linux kernel stable releases, one user proposed that EXT4 be put in a feature-freeze mode and future work then be put towards an "EXT5" file-system, to which Ted Ts'o did respond.
As a warning for those who are normally quick to upgrade to the latest stable vanilla kernel releases, a serious EXT4 data corruption bug worked its way into the stable Linux 3.4, 3.5, and 3.6 kernel series.
Earlier this month Samsung introduced a new Linux file-system, F2FS, that was designed for mobile devices with flash memory. Initial testing of F2FS yields very positive results against EXT4 and NILFS2.
Linus Torvalds released the Linux 3.7-rc2 kernel on Saturday from the Portland airport.
Linus Torvalds has reaffirmed that at this point he doesn't intend to pull KVMTool into the mainline Linux kernel.
One of the last merge requests that Linus Torvalds honored this past weekend prior to releasing Linux 3.7-rc1 as the modules pull, which added in module signing support for the Linux kernel.
The first release candidate of the Linux 3.7 kernel was released on Sunday.
Btrfs-progs, the user-space utilities to the Btrfs file-system, has seen a number of improvements in recent days that provide new features.
Up to this point if you have wanted to monitor the start-up/boot performance of a Linux system, namely how long it takes the Linux kernel to boot, you have had to use an independent utility like Bootchart. Now with work done by the Linaro project, there is an in-kernel measurement capabilities via a new "Boottime" patch.
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