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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

Linux 3.3-rc3 Has No Big Surprises

The Linux 3.3 kernel is now up to its third RC release and is fairly in shape.
9 February 2012 - Linux 3.3 - 1 Comment

ASPM Linux Kernel Fix To Land Finally In 3.2 Series

The proper solution to the Linux kernel ASPM power regression will finally be landing in the stable Linux 3.2 kernel series.
6 February 2012 - At Long Last - 7 Comments

Linux 3.3-rc2 Kernel Is Out Late Due To "Mind-Fart"

The second Linux 3.3 kernel release candidate is now available, which is coming a bit late due to Linus Torvalds falling behind.
31 January 2012 - Second RC - 2 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 - 5 Comments

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

Where The Linux 3.3 Kernel Will Come Up Short

While there's a lot of improvements in the Linux 3.3 kernel, it's not perfect. Here's some of what's unfortunately missing from this forthcoming kernel.
21 January 2012 - Linux 3.3 - 13 Comments

Linux 3.3-rc1 Released, Merge Window Closes

Linus Torvalds released the Linux 3.3-rc1 kernel on Thursday afternoon that marks the closure of the two-week Linux 3.3 kernel merge window.
19 January 2012 - First Release - 4 Comments

Intel NVM Express Driver For Linux 3.3 Kernel

Linus Torvalds has been called upon to pull the NVM Express driver into the Linux 3.3 mainline kernel.
19 January 2012 - Pull Request - 1 Comment

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?

Announcing The DRM VGEM - Virtual GEM Provider

Alpha quality patches were published today that introduce the "Virtual GEM Provider" for the Linux kernel DRM, which can improve the software-based acceleration experience for graphics.
11 January 2012 - DRM/VGEM

The Pull That Finally Fixes ASPM Power Regression

Queued up in the PCI sub-system pull for the Linux 3.3 kernel is the ASPM re-work that provides a proper fix to the well known Linux kernel power regression that was talked about for much of 2011.
11 January 2012 - Linux 3.3 - 7 Comments

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