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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

The Linux 3.3 DRM Pull Is Heavy On Enhancements

There's more Linux 3.3 kernel news to report... This time it's the DRM pull request officially going in (and being accepted) as it's heavy on enhancements for open-source graphics drivers.
10 January 2012 - Linux 3.3 Kernel - 4 Comments

EXT4 Gains New Online Resize Support In Linux 3.3

The EXT4 file-system pull request went in today for the Linux 3.3 kernel. The EXT4 updates for this next kernel include the new online resize interface.
10 January 2012 - Feature Work - 14 Comments

Linux 3.3 Kernel Has A Big, "Pretty Good" Staging Merge

The Linux 3.3 kernel staging pull request has been submitted to Linus Torvalds. As said by Greg Kroah-Hartman, the 3.3 staging merge is big and "overall, the story is pretty good."
9 January 2012 - Staging Area

Reiser4 Still Lacks Mainline Ambitions

Reiser4 is still not ready for integration into the Linux 3.3 kernel nor has the file-system even been officially updated yet for any of the recent kernel releases.
9 January 2012 - Reiser4 - 12 Comments

FIOPS: A New Linux I/O Scheduler For Flash/SSDs

Last week a new I/O scheduler was presented for the Linux kernel. This new scheduler, FIOPS, is designed around modern flash-based storage devices like solid-state drives.
9 January 2012 - FIOPS - 15 Comments

Microsoft's exFAT Is Still Crap On Linux

If you were hoping to see support for Microsoft's exFAT file-system land in the Linux 3.3 kernel, guess again.
8 January 2012 - exFAT File-System - 28 Comments

Bufferbloat To Be Fought In Linux 3.3 With BQL

Another feature coming to the Linux 3.3 kernel is Byte Queue Limits (BQL), which attempts to fight "bufferbloat" in networking.
7 January 2012 - Byte Queue Limits - 9 Comments

The Zen Kernel Is Still Alive, Patching Linux 3.1

Besides MythTV, Cube 2, and many other open-source projects, another high-profile project that's still around and kicking but that's been quiet as of late is the Zen Kernel.
7 January 2012 - Linux Fork - 4 Comments

Radeon VM, DMA-BUF Will Go Into Linux 3.3 Kernel

The Radeon virtual memory (VM) support -- part of the Radeon HD 7000 series upbringing -- is now in the DRM next tree for landing in the Linux 3.3 kernel. Separate from the expected 3.3 graphics pull request, Linaro's "dma-buf" has already been sent to Linus Torvalds for merging into the mainline tree.
6 January 2012 - Woohoo - 6 Comments

Radeon HD 7000 Support, VIA KMS Still Missing

When talking yesterday about the likely DRM pull for the Linux 3.3 kernel there were a few graphics driver related items not on the list.
6 January 2012 - 22 Revisions - 2 Comments

Did Your System Take A Dive With Linux 3.2?

If you upgraded today to the just-released Linux 3.2 kernel and your Intel system is now having problems booting this new kernel release, you're not alone, but here's a possible workaround.
5 January 2012 - IOMMU Problem - 32 Comments

What's Coming For The Linux 3.3 Kernel DRM Pull

Now that the Linux 3.2 kernel is released, the Linux 3.3 kernel merge window is open. Here's a quick look at what should be queued up for the Linux 3.3 kernel when it comes to the DRM graphics area.
5 January 2012 - With 3.2 Done - 1 Comment

Linux 3.2 Kernel Officially Christened

Linus Torvalds officially christened the Linux 3.2 kernel on Wednesday afternoon.
4 January 2012 - It's Here - 11 Comments

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