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Silicon Motion Has Open-Source Driver, But Fails

For those that don't closely follow the various development lists, at the end of February a Silicon Motion developer came to the DRI list announcing he had "a kernel driver for all our graphics chips" that he was looking to mainline. It sounds nice, but in the end it's a let-down and the most you'll probably get out of it is a few laughs.
13 March 2012 - Funnies - 20 Comments

Top Features Of The Linux 3.3 Kernel

With the final release of the Linux 3.3 kernel expected to happen in in a matter of days, here's a recap of some of the most prominent Linux 3.3 kernel features that were introduced this cycle.
12 March 2012 - Coming Soon - 4 Comments

DRM Work Piling Up For The Linux 3.4 Kernel

While it looks like there's still another week before the Linux 3.3 kernel will be released and thus marking the merge window for the Linux 3.4 kernel opening, here's some of the DRM graphics changes you can expect to see merged.
11 March 2012 - DRM Changes - 6 Comments

The Linux 3.3 Kernel Is Not Yet Ready

While last week it looked like the final release of the Linux 3.3 kernel was imminent, this didn't end up exactly being the case. Due to an up-tick in patches being merged this week, Linus Torvalds decided to go ahead and tag Linux 3.3-rc7 on Saturday afternoon.
10 March 2012 - Linux 3.3-rc7

Linux 3.4 Kernel Will Support Intel Medfield Graphics

The merge window for the Linux 3.4 kernel will open up this month assuming the latest Linux 3.3 release plans work out. One of the features to look forward to out of Linux 3.4 will be the DRM driver support for Intel Medfield graphics.
9 March 2012 - Finally

Linux 3.4 Kernel Will Gain More Android Patches

Towards the end of last year a new effort was initiated to mainline more of the Android changes inside the Linux kernel. Work has been progressing on that front and with the Linux 3.4 kernel more of these changes will land.
8 March 2012 - Linux 3.4 Kernel - 2 Comments

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 2.6.32.58 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

Linux 3.3-rc5 Kernel Is Pretty Boring

Linus Torvalds released the Linux 3.3-rc5 kernel this weekend. Overall, "it's been pretty boring, which is just how I like it."
26 February 2012 - New Version - 3 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

DisplayLink KMS Driver Arrives, Supports Hot-Unplug

There's a new KMS/DRM driver to introduce to the world: UDL. UDL is a DRM kernel mode-setting driver for the USB-based DisplayLink graphics adapters.
20 February 2012 - Woohoo

Linux 3.3-rc4 Kernel Fixes A Peculiar 32-bit Bug

The Linux 3.3-rc4 kernel was released this Saturday evening after a peculiar 32-bit kernel bug had led to the release being delayed by a few days.
18 February 2012 - Linux 3.3 - 3 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 - 13 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

The Virtual GEM Provider Is Still Being Hacked

VGEM, the Virtual GEM provider for the Linux kernel, is still being developed and a new version has been published.
9 February 2012 - VGEM

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