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Linux 2.6.39-rc4 Kernel Released; It's Less Quiet

While we are already getting excited for the Linux 2.6.40 kernel due to Intel Sandy Bridge performance improvements with other patches, hopefully G45 VA-API DRM bits, maybe even a PowerVR driver, and now a QEMU-KVM KMS graphics driver, first the Linux 2.6.39 kernel needs to be christened. That though is getting closer to happening with the release last night of the Linux 2.6.39-rc4 kernel.
19 April 2011 - More Churn - 1 Comment

30 Patches To Intel's Linux DRM Driver Published

To the Intel graphics mailing list, Chris Wilson has just published a set of thirty patches to be applied against their DRM tree that will end up being merged for the Linux 2.6.40 kernel. Some of these patches are quite interesting.
12 April 2011 - For i915-Next - 2 Comments

Linux 2.6.39-rc3 Released; It's Still Calm

Last week the Linux 2.6.39-rc2 kernel was released and Linus Torvalds mentioned that it was "unusually calm" for just being days after the 2.6.39 merge window being closed. With the third release candidate that was made available last night, the Linux 2.6.39 kernel development continues to go well with 2.6.39-rc3 also being quite calm.
12 April 2011 - Not Too Many Changes - 4 Comments

Linux 2.6.39-rc2 Is Uncommonly Calm

Linus Torvalds describes the just-released Linux 2.6.39-rc2 kernel as being an "uncommonly calm" release and points that may lead it to being a "simple release" if nothing changes.
6 April 2011 - Points To Simple Release

Linux 2.6.39 Kernel Merge Window Closes With -rc1

While we have already been benchmarking code for the Linux 2.6.39 kernel a fair amount at Phoronix with the Nouveau page-flipping and z-compression merge plus Nouveau Fermi acceleration, only this afternoon did Linus Torvalds tag the first release candidate for this next major kernel update.
29 March 2011 - Now To -rcX - 5 Comments

The Issues With The Linux Kernel DRM, Continued

Yesterday Linus voiced his anger towards DRM, once again. But not the kind of DRM that is commonly criticized, Digital Rights Management, but rather the Linux kernel's Direct Rendering Manager. With the Linux 2.6.39 kernel it's been another time when Linus has been less than happy with the pull request for this sub-system that handles the open-source graphics drivers. Changes are needed.
25 March 2011 - There's Lots Of Problems - 43 Comments

"A Clear Example Of Why DRM Has Been Problematic"

Linus Torvalds is known to have an interesting, colorful e-mail from time to time when becoming frustrated with developers over the quality of patches or when in a very polarized technical debate. In particular, the DRM developers for the Direct Rendering Manager in the kernel (not the restrictive kind, Digital Rights Management) have received a number of critical remarks from Linus. This morning Linus has criticized a second DRM pull request for the Linux 2.6.39 kernel over one of the patches not being ready in advance.
24 March 2011 - An Angry Linus - 8 Comments

On Low-End GPUs, Nouveau Speeds Past The NVIDIA Driver

While the Linux 2.6.38 kernel has been out for less than one week, if you use NVIDIA graphics, particularly with a low-end GPU, start counting down the days to the release of the Linux 2.6.39 kernel. Particularly on lower-end NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards, the reverse-engineered open-source Nouveau driver now meets or exceeds the speed of NVIDIA's official proprietary driver in a number of OpenGL test cases.
19 March 2011 - On Low-End ASICs - 36 Comments

The DRM Pull Request For The Linux 2.6.39 Kernel

David Airlie has just emailed Linus Torvalds with his main DRM (Direct Rendering Manager) pull request for the Linux 2.6.39 kernel that 2.6.38 was released earlier this week. As was mentioned a few days ago, the Linux 2.6.39 kernel will feature a number of interesting changes to the open-source graphics drivers, among other areas.
17 March 2011 - The Main Request - 3 Comments

Linux 2.6.38 Kernel Released

Just as expected, Linus Torvalds released the Linux 2.6.38 kernel over the night. Since the previous Linux 2.6.38-rc8 release there's been some Btrfs file-system updates and other regression fixes throughout, including two fixes for my AMD Fusion Linux problems. Over the Linux 2.6.37 kernel, there's a lot to be found and to enjoy about this new kernel.
15 March 2011 - Lots Of Changes - 10 Comments

Will The Linux 2.6.39 Kernel Bring Graphics Magic?

While the Linux 2.6.38 kernel isn't even released yet, it's likely to be released in the next day or two. After that and a few days of downtime, the merge window for the Linux 2.6.39 kernel will be opened. What features can one expect for the open-source Linux graphics support? As is usual these days, there's lots of expected changes.
14 March 2011 - What Features Do You Want? - 26 Comments

A New CPU, Power Monitoring Utility

Thomas Renninger of SuSE has announced cpupowerutils, a new free software project derived from cpufrequtils that is designed to offer much more thorough and advanced support for CPU usage/power monitoring and other performance statistics.
13 March 2011 - cpupowerutils - 3 Comments

The Linux 2.6.38 Kernel Is A Few Days Away

The Linux 2.6.38 is effectively ready for release. The condition of the kernel is quite good (hence the large just-published seven-way file-system benchmarks on a SSD and HDD) and Linus noted Monday that when releasing the 2.6.38-rc8 kernel that it could even be considered final, but as he's away for a few days, he went ahead to do one final pre-release.
9 March 2011 - It's Practically Ready - 4 Comments

Linux 2.6.38-rc7 Kernel Released

The stable Linux 2.6.38 kernel is in sight. Linus Torvalds has released the Linux 2.6.38-rc7 kernel, which is much less interesting than his weekend at an Oscar party.
2 March 2011 - Not Much To See - 1 Comment

An Open-Source Intel GMA 500 Driver Appears

If you're an owner of a netbook or other hardware containing an Intel Poulsbo / GMA 500, the Linux 2.6.39 kernel should be rather exciting. Entering the Linux kernel's staging tree is an initial open-source driver for this notorious Intel graphics processor derived from Imagination Technologies' PowerVR SGX graphics core.
27 February 2011 - Enters Linux Staging Tree - 27 Comments

Linux 2.6.38 EXT4, Btrfs File-System Benchmarks

Along with finally delivering Intel Gallium3D driver benchmarks comparing this unofficial, proof-of-concept i915/945 Gallium3D driver to Intel's official classic Mesa driver, there's also our benchmarks of the EXT4 and Btrfs file-systems from the Linux 2.6.38 kernel. These exclusive tests are coming this weekend as part of OpenBenchmarking.org being publicly available for the first day.
26 February 2011 - Another Exclusive - 10 Comments

Linux 2.6.38-rc6 Kernel Released; Lots Of Small Fixes

The Linux 2.6.38-rc6 kernel has been released. The 2.6.38 kernel is getting into shape and will soon be released with the sixth release candidate carrying a variety of small fixes throughout this open-source kernel.
22 February 2011 - New Kernel - 17 Comments

Linux 2.6.38-rc5 Brings Radeon, Intel, EXT4 Fixes

In his weekly manner, Linus Torvalds has released the Linux 2.6.38-rc5 kernel, This fifth test release isn't particularly exciting, but it brings scattered bug-fixes to the Intel and Radeon graphics drivers, EXT4 file-system fixes, and a RCU file-name lookup bug found under Ubuntu.
16 February 2011 - Updates - 7 Comments

Ralink Adds RT5390 Support To Open WiFi Driver

Back in September there was the major victory for the open-source and Linux hardware support communities when Broadcom open-sourced an 802.11n Linux driver after years of their WiFi chipsets being notorious under Linux. There's another wireless chipset vendor now getting more serious about open-source driver support too and that's Ralink. They've now contributed patches to the rt2x00 driver project that enables their new RT5390 chipset family to be used by this open-source Linux wireless driver.
9 February 2011 - Hoorah - 16 Comments

Linux 2.6.38-rc4 Kernel Released

The fourth release candidate of the Linux 2.6.38 kernel is now available.
8 February 2011 - New Kernel - 3 Comments

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