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Linux 2.6.32 Kernel Is Nearing An End

On Sunday marked the release of the 58th point release for the Linux 2.6.32 kernel by Greg Kroah-Hartman. The Linux kernel now marks the passing of this kernel series into its extended-long-term maintenance window.

5 March 2012 - Long Term - 3 Comments
Linux 3.3-rc6: The Final Might Be One Week Away

The Linux 3.3 kernel release might be imminent. In releasing the Linux 3.3-rc6 kernel, which Linus says is just made up of small fixes and clean-ups, he says this could be the last release candidate.

4 March 2012 - Linux 3.3 Kernel - 1 Comment
There Might Be A New Linux DRM Driver

An interesting mailing list question was posed yesterday to DRM developers, which raises the question there might be a new Linux DRM kernel driver being hacked.

3 March 2012 - Linux KMS - 2 Comments
New Wake Locks Patches Published For Linux Kernel

While this weekend saw the release of the Linux 3.3-rc5 kernel, which Linus Torvalds self-admitted was pretty boring, also hitting the mailing list this past week were new kernel patches to implement auto-sleep and "wake locks" support.

27 February 2012 - Power Management - 13 Comments
XFS File-System Speeded-Up, Cleaned-Up Last Month

A status report of the XFS file-system for January 2012 has been released. This report outlines some of then notable improvements made to this popular enterprise-grade Linux file-system for the Linux 3.2 and 3.3 kernels.

25 February 2012 - XFS January 2012 - 2 Comments
Moving Linux Kernel Drivers To User-Space? Nope.

Brought up on the Linux kernel mailing list this week was a short-lived discussion whether Linux device drivers should be moved from kernel-space to user-space in an attempt to provide "greater security and robustness" of Linux systems.

24 February 2012 - Linux Kernel - 39 Comments
Linux 3.4 Kernel Set To Speed-Up Intel's GPU Driver

While the Linux 3.3 kernel is still weeks away from release, there's more building up to look forward to with its successor: the Linux 3.4 kernel. A few months down the road when Linux 3.4 makes it out, there will be some additional Intel performance improvements.

23 February 2012 - Linux 3.4 - 3 Comments
The Btrfs File-System Repair Tool Is Available

After writing about Btrfs LZ4 compression support and that the Btrfs FSCK tool wasn't available, it turns out that there is the new Btrfs repair tool, but it's not widely known and it's not recommended to ever use it -- at least at this stage.

21 February 2012 - But Don't Use It - 8 Comments
A Patch That Can Make Btrfs 5~10% Faster

A patch has been sent over to the Btrfs developers that can result in the next-generation Linux file-system being 5~10% faster in writes by introducing an extent buffer cache for each i-node.

18 February 2012 - RFC Patcg - 11 Comments
After BFS, Now Comes The BLD Linux Scheduler

Adding to the already existing Linux schedulers, including the out-of-tree Brain Fuck Scheduler (BFS), is now a proposal to integrate a new scheduler... The Barbershop Load Distribution scheduler.

12 February 2012 - Barbershop Load Distribution - 6 Comments
Btrfs To Go Production-Ready In Oracle Linux

Btrfs, the quite promising next-generation Linux file-system that's been in-development for years by Chris Mason and others, is about to take on a big role within Oracle's Enterprise Linux distribution.

26 January 2012 - Unbreakable Linux - 8 Comments
Going Over The Good & Bad For UEFI On Linux

Another one of the interesting talks that was recorded from Linux.Conf.Au in Ballarat, Australia last week was the presentation by Matthew Garrett. He went over the good and bad of UEFI support under Linux.

25 January 2012 - LCA 2012 - Add A Comment
XFS Developer Takes Shots At Btrfs, EXT4

Chris Mason of Btrfs fame wasn't the only Linux file-system developer talking to the public last week. While the Btrfs talk was going on in Los Angeles at SCALE 10x, Dave Chinner was down under in Australia at LCA2012 talking about XFS. His talk included some controversial shots at EXT4 and Btrfs.

24 January 2012 - Controversy - 28 Comments
Error-Fixing Btrfs FSCK Tool Is Imminent

An fsck utility capable of fixing problems on the Btrfs file-system is imminent. Plus other features continue to be worked on for this next-generation, open-source Linux file-system.

23 January 2012 - Btrfs.fsck - 15 Comments
Adaptive Tickless Linux Kernel Support Status

Back in 2007 (the Linux 2.6.21 days) the mainline Linux kernel received tickless idle support. With the system idling, the timer tick no longer needlessly goes off with the "NOHZ" feature. Being worked on since last year is now adaptive tickless support, which extends the tickless functionality to non-idle cases.

18 January 2012 - Adaptive Timer Tick - 1 Comment
Btrfs In Linux 3.3 Brings Reworked Balance Code

On the same day as talking about Microsoft's new Resilient File System, the pull request for Btrfs in the Linux 3.3 kernel was sent in and subsequently pulled. This file-system update does bring a few notable changes.

17 January 2012 - Linux 3.3 Kernel - 1 Comment
Microsoft's ReFS File-System: Competitor To Btrfs?

Microsoft has released extensive details on their next-generation ReFS file-system to be introduced with Windows Server 8. How though does the file-system compare to Btrfs and the Linux file-systems?

17 January 2012 - Resilient File-System - 24 Comments
Btrfs Picks Up Snappy Compression Support

New patches have been published for the Btrfs file-system that implement support for Google's Snappy compression algorithm, which promises to deliver better performance beyond LZO compression.

13 January 2012 - Google's Snappy - 15 Comments
Frontswap Still Not Ready For Linux 3.3 Kernel

While the Frontswap patches with Cleancache have been available for several Linux kernel release cycles, the Frontswap support still hasn't been merged. Another Oracle developer is now taking over maintenance of Cleancache and getting Frontswap finally ready for merging, but it's too late for the Linux 3.3 kernel.

13 January 2012 - Maybe 3.4? - Add A Comment

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