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An Update On Reiser4 For The Mainline Linux Kernel

In November of 2009 we reported that the Reiser4 file-system may go into the mainline Linux kernel in late 2010. We're now into 2011 with the merge window having closed earlier this month for the Linux 2.6.38 kernel and there's no sign of this open-source file-system designed to succeed the popular ReiserFS. So what gives? Well, we have another update from its lead developer.
31 January 2011 - From The Developer - 14 Comments

What Was Said About EXT4 In Australia

Besides the Linux graphics stack being talked about this week at Linux.Conf.Au, there was also a talk by Ted Ts'o about the EXT4 file-system.
30 January 2011 - At Linux.Conf.Au - 12 Comments

That Was Quick: Here's Linux 2.6.38-rc2 Kernel

The Linux 2.6.38 kernel is shaping up to be very exciting even though it's first release candidate arrived just four days ago. Tonight, however, the Linux 2.6.38-rc1 kernel has already been superseded by the Linux 2.6.38-rc2 release.
22 January 2011 - Very Early - 9 Comments

Linux 2.6.38-rc1 Is Here With Two Features Linus Loves

After keeping the Linux 2.6.38 kernel merge window open for two weeks, Linus Torvalds has this evening announced the release of the Linux 2.6.38-rc1 kernel. This kernel has a lot to love about it, including Linus' two favorite features of the group scheduling improvements and the RCU-based path name lookup support. Performance improvements!
18 January 2011 - Yep! - 11 Comments

LPC 2011 Call for Track Ideas

The organizers behind the Linux Plumbers' Conference have put out a call for track ideas for this Linux conference taking place in Santa Rosa in early September. Jesse Barnes asks that anyone interested read the below message.
18 January 2011 - Plumbers' Conference

ULatencyD Enters The Linux World

Daniel Poelzleithner has announced to the Linux kernel world his new project named ulatencyd. The focus of ulatencyd is to provide a script-able daemon to dynamically adjust Linux scheduling parameters and other aspects of the Linux kernel.
12 January 2011 - Configure That Scheduler - 33 Comments

The DRM Brings Some Fun To The Linux 2.6.38 Kernel

David Airlie has just called upon Linus to pull in his DRM tree for the Linux 2.6.38 kernel. With this being the first 2.6.38 DRM pull request and with the merge window still open, this code brings in a fair amount of exciting work. Here's what those using the popular open-source Linux graphics drivers can find in this next kernel release:
10 January 2011 - Main DRM Pull Request - 29 Comments

Linux 2.6.37 Kernel Released

The stable Linux 2.6.37 kernel has now been released. This is the Linux kernel that incorporates Broadcom's new WiFi driver, proper Intel Sandy Bridge support, Btrfs file-system improvements, many open-source graphics DRM/KMS updates, and much more.
5 January 2011 - Yeah! - 6 Comments

Linux 2.6.37-rc8 Kernel Ends Out The Year

For those hoping Linux 2.6.37-rc7 was the last release candidate of the Linux 2.6.37 kernel before going gold, it's not. Linus this evening decided to go ahead and make a Linux 2.6.37-rc8 release.
28 December 2010 - Another RC - 2 Comments

Linux 2.6.37-rc7 Kernel Released

While in recent years we have seen new Linux kernel releases on Christmas or Christmas Eve, this will not be the case in 2010. Linus has just released the Linux 2.6.37-rc7 kernel making it very unlikely to see any final release (or even another -rc) arrive this week.
21 December 2010 - No Final For Christmas - 1 Comment

Texas Instruments Puts Out A New Open-Source Driver

Earlier this week there was the release of a new open-source Linux driver by an engineer at Texas Instruments. The TI DMM-TILER is this new driver and its for the dynamic memory manager block on Texas Instruments hardware. "Its purpose is to organize video/image memory in a 2-dimensional fashion to limit memory bandwidth and facilitate 0 effort rotation and mirroring. The TILER driver facilitates allocating, freeing, as well as mapping 2D blocks (areas) in the TILER container(s). It also facilitates rotating and mirroring the allocated blocks or its rectangular subsections."
18 December 2010 - TI DMM-TILER Driver - 7 Comments

The Linux 2.6.37 Kernel Nears Completion

With it being just over a week since the release of Linux 2.6.37-rc5, Linus Torvalds has this evening put out Linux 2.6.37-rc6. This seventh release candidate to the Linux 2.6.37 kernel is just packing regression fixes as it nears completion.
15 December 2010 - Linux 2.6.37-rc6 Released - 6 Comments

Linux 2.6.37-rc5 Kernel Released

For those interested in testing out the very latest Linux kernel code, the Linux 2.6.37-rc5 kernel is now available for use.
7 December 2010 - New Release

Linux 2.6.37-rc4 Kernel Released On Schedule

While Linus Torvalds spent most of last week in Japan meeting with other Linux kernel developers, the Linux 2.6.37-rc4 release is right on schedule, one week after releasing Linux 2.6.37-rc3. There are more changes found in this fourth release candidate than would be anticipated for this time in the release cycle, but the overall churn isn't too bad and there are a few notable fixes.
30 November 2010 - More Changes Than Last Week

ZFS For Linux Is Now Available To The Public!

For those with some extra time this holiday week in the United States, perhaps you want to try out the ZFS file-system on Linux? As was said this week when publishing ZFS benchmarks on Linux using the native kernel module developed by LLNL/KQ Infotech, the public release of this kernel module wasn't going to happen until the first week of January. Fortunately, we have been successful in overwhelming KQ Infotech with lots of interested users, so they have decided to go ahead and make the current beta ZFS Linux module available to the general public.
24 November 2010 - You Can Grab It - 25 Comments

Bringing Up Hardware First In Linux, Then Windows

After reading the Linux 2.6.37-rc3 release announcement on the Linux kernel mailing list, another interesting thread was found and it's about getting hardware vendors to do their initial hardware bring-up under Linux prior to any Microsoft Windows or Apple Mac OS X support. A number of reasons are provided why hardware vendors should support their hardware first under Linux and also why they should foster open-source drivers along with its challenges.
21 November 2010 - Some Thoughts - 29 Comments

Linux 2.6.37-rc3 Kernel Comes Around

One week after the relatively painless Linux 2.6.37-rc2 release came about, the third release candidate for the Linux 2.6.37 kernel has come around.
21 November 2010 - Nothing Exciting

Linus: What's Wrong With The Whole DRM Crowd?

David Airlie sent in a DRM pull request to Linus Torvalds for the Linux 2.6.37 kernel this week to fix some Intel DRM driver bugs as well as one ATI Radeon KMS fix. However, this pull request sparked another rant by Linus Torvalds about the quality of the work of the open-source Linux (DRM) graphics driver developers.
19 November 2010 - Another Linus Rant - 30 Comments

Linux 2.6.37-rc2 Kernel Released; So Far Looks Painless

Two weeks have passed since the release of the Linux 2.6.37-rc1 kernel that finally allowed the core kernel code to built without the the Big Kernel Lock. It also brought many open-source graphics improvements and other improvements and new drivers (such as a Intel Poulsbo driver and Broadcom's WiFi driver). Now the Linux 2.6.37-rc2 kernel is available as regressions are addressed in time for the final Linux 2.6.37 kernel release several weeks down the road.
16 November 2010 - Two Weeks Of Time

Ted Ts'o: EXT4 Within Striking Distance Of XFS

There's just two months to go until the annual Linux.Conf.Au conference, which in 2011 is taking place in Brisbane, Australia. Ted Ts'o, the maintainer of the EXT4, will be speaking at the 2011 Linux.Conf.Au and he's just shared his "money shot" from his presentation about this evolutionary file-system building atop EXT2/EXT3. New benchmarking results from HP's Eric Whitney on a large multi-core system indicate that "[EXT4 is] now within striking distance of XFS."
1 November 2010 - Newest EXT4 Benchmarks - 66 Comments

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