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Samsung Has G2D Driver, Virtual Display For Linux 3.4

Besides the DRM work already piling up for Linux 3.4, there's more. The Samsung developers responsible for the Exynos graphics driver have sent in their "-next" pull request, which brings several new features, including the basis of 2D acceleration for this open-source ARM graphics driver. There's also a virtual display driver that could be used for handling wireless displays.

13 March 2012 - Exynos - 11 Comments
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 - Add A Comment
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 - Add A Comment
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 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

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