Development work on the forthcoming Linux 2.6.30 kernel is slowly winding down as is indicated by this afternoon's release of the Linux 2.6.30-rc5 kernel. This latest 2.6.30 build has a few driver and architecture updates small file-system updates, and other regression fixes scattered throughout.
With the Linux 2.6.29 kernel a new logo was introduced to raise awareness for the Tasmanian Devil, a small animal nearing extinction. This interim logo was called Tuz while the traditional Tux penguin had "went on vacation", well, with the Linux 2.6.30-rc4 kernel, Tux has returned.
Ending off a week of testing with the Linux 2.6.30-rc2 kernel, Linus has announced the release of Linux 2.6.30-rc3. In this new test release are some x86 updates, a Btrfs update, and various other changes. The 2.6.30-rc3 announcement with the short changes can be found at LKML.org.
Last week Linux 2.6.30-rc1 was released, but this afternoon Linus Torvalds has pushed out the second release candidate for the Linux 2.6.30 kernel series.
Two weeks have passed since the release of the Linux 2.6.29 kernel that brought Intel kernel mode-setting, the Btrfs file-system, and many other improvements to the Linux kernel. Now though the first release candidate for the forthcoming Linux 2.6.30 kernel is now out in the wild.
The merge window for the Linux 2.6.30 kernel is now open and Linus has already accepted a horde of new patches for this next quarterly Linux update. Among what has been pulled in so far is the DRM (Direct Rendering Manager) support for a new Intel chipset. This new Intel IGP is described by Intel's Shaohua Li as "a G33-like desktop and mobile chipset." The patch adds in two new product IDs (0xa001 and 0xa011) for the desktop and mobile version and makes some clock-related changes. Within the code, the chipset is referred to as just an IGD (Integrated Graphics Device) rather than being more descriptive like the I945GM, I965GM, and GM45 defines.
With much anticipation, the Linux 2.6.29 kernel was released just moments ago by Linus Torvalds. Besides introducing an interim logo to stand-in for Tux, the Linux 2.6.29 kernel most notably introduces support for kernel mode-setting on Intel hardware. Also in the graphics realm are a few updates to the Graphics Execution Manager and DRM updates for various pieces of hardware.
Tux, the Linux penguin mascot, will be taking a break during the Linux 2.6.29 kernel cycle. Committed to the Linus's kernel tree last night is a new temporary logo known as Tuz. Tuz is a Tasmanian Devil, which is a species in danger of becoming extinct. The Tasmanian Devil is native to Australia and during this year's Linux.Conf.Au conference it was decided that Tuz will stand in for Tux for one kernel release in order to raise awareness for this creature. Tux will return with the release of the Linux 2.6.30 kernel.
In what will hopefully be the last test release, Linus has announced the Linux 2.6.29-rc8 kernel. This release brings a variety of fixes including a few Intel DRM tweaks, Blackfin architecture changes, a couple ALSA fixes, and a temporary fix for an Intel Atom bug. Overall there isn't anything too particularly interesting with this release candidate.
This month we will see the release of the Linux 2.6.29 kernel. This updated kernel will bring kernel mode-setting support on Intel hardware, the Btrfs file-system, the mainlining of SquashFS, improved EXT4 support, and other new features. If you are interested in helping to test this new kernel before it goes gold, the Linux 2.6.29-rc7 kernel was pushed out last night.
In March we should see the release of the Linux 2.6.29 kernel with the addition of Intel kernel mode-setting, the Btrfs file-system, and numerous driver improvements, but those that want to see a good and well-tested release should provide a hand in testing out the latest release candidate. Linus Torvalds last night pushed out Linux 2.6.29-rc6.
As of late, file-systems have been a popular topic among Linux developers and users. The EXT4 file-system was recently stabilized and it brings some modest performance improvements and is finding its way into modern distributions. While not yet stabilized, the Btrfs file-system was merged into the Linux 2.6.29 kernel and is poised as the Linux competitor to Sun's famed ZFS file-system. There is also open-source work underway in supporting Microsoft's exFAT file-system on Linux. On top of all of that, there is also the Tux3 file-system.
Work on the Linux 2.6.29 kernel is slowly winding down, and as a sign of that, Linus Torvalds had announced the release of Linux 2.6.29-rc5. This fifth release candidate has nearly 90% of the changes within the network drivers section due to a bnx2 firmware update and then nearly 5% from a staging USB driver. Beyond that there are also a few Intel DRM fixes worth noting. For the Linux 2.6.29-rc5 kernel release announcement, head on over to LKML.org.
A week and a half has gone by since the release of the 2.6.29-rc3 kernel, but the fourth release candidate for the Linux 2.6.29 kernel is now available. This release is targeted at just addressing regressions, with most of the work being done within Linux drivers and architecture updates. There are also a few fixes in place for the recently merged Btrfs file-system.
Introduced in Windows Vista Service Pack 1 and then last week as a Windows XP update was exFAT. exFAT, or the Extended File Allocation Table, is Microsoft's new file-system for use on mobile devices like large USB flash drives. exFAT addresses the file-size and partition size limitations of Microsoft's FAT32 file-system and brings other improvements to the table as well, albeit it's proprietary. No read or write support for exFAT has yet to enter the mainline Linux kernel, but a set of read-only patches have emerged.
Development work on the Linux 2.6.29 kernel had slowed down a bit due to Linux.Conf.Au taking place last week, but the third release candidate has now been issued. There's a variety of bug-fixes and minor updates through the Linux kernel in 2.6.29-rc3, but nothing particularly exciting. Catching our eyes were just a few DRM updates (small work on GEM and KMS) and just a variety of driver updates.
Linus Torvalds has announced the second release candidate for the forthcoming Linux 2.6.29 kernel. Linux 2.6.29-rc2 has a (late) MIPS architecture update, new hardware drivers, firmware updates, and a variety of regression fixes.
The first release candidate for the Linux 2.6.29 kernel is now available. The Linux 2.6.29 kernel features kernel mode-setting support (only on Intel hardware, currently), the Btrfs file-system, and a number of new drivers and updates to others. Besides Btrfs entering the kernel, the SquashFS compressed read-only file-system has entered the kernel as well.
Btrfs, the next-generation Linux file-system conceived by Oracle and designed to compete with some of the features found in Sun's ZFS file-system, has just been merged for the Linux 2.6.29 kernel.
An increasing number of hardware vendors are adopting practices that benefit the open-source and Linux communities from AMD releasing documentation and code to Creative Labs open-sourcing their X-Fi sound driver. One of the companies holding back on better embracing Linux has been Broadcom with their WiFi adapters being ill supported. However, open-source developers have stepped up to the plate and have improved the situation on their own.
Chris Mason, the founder of the Btrfs file-system, had previously stated he hoped to merge the first bits of this much-improved Linux file-system into the Linux 2.6.29 kernel. With the 2.6.29 merge window still open, earlier this week he started a new thread entitled Btrfs for mainline.
David Airlie has just called upon Linus Torvalds to pull the kernel mode-setting framework and Intel KMS driver support into the Linux 2.6.29 kernel. If you're a faithful Phoronix reader this shouldn't come as a surprise since Intel, Red Hat, and others have been busy hacking away at kernel mode-setting to get it ready to merge.
As a special Christmas present, Linus Torvalds has announced the release of the Linux 2.6.28 kernel. The 2.6.28 kernel stabilizes the EXT4 file-system, delivers the Graphics Execution Manager for GPU memory management, brings forth several new drivers, and is home to several other improvements.
Last week Linus Torvalds was deciding what to do with the Linux 2.6.28 kernel as to release it before the holidays and open the merge window early for the Linux 2.6.29 kernel or continue on with more release candidates until next year. Linus has now decided that the Linux 2.6.28 kernel will be released for Christmas.
It's been eight days since the release of Linux 2.6.28-rc7, but the eighth release candidate for this new kernel is now available. Linus Torvalds notes that this release contains a variety of small changes, but in particular there is quite a bit of kernel work related to the introduction of the Graphics Execution Manager with the Intel graphics driver now having its memory management done within the kernel.
Thomas Gleixner has proposed a series of patches to the Linux kernel that would (finally) introduced a performance counter sub-system. This sub-system would make it possible to read performance-oriented data off special registers on modern processors such as the number of CPU instructions executed, cache misses, branches mis-predicted, etc.
Work on the Linux 2.6.28 kernel is quickly winding down and it looks like we may see an official release in the not so distant future. Linux 2.6.28-rc6 was released more than a week ago, but even so, there aren't many changes in the latest kernel release candidate. Linus notes though that there are ACPI, DRM, V4L, and input updates, but overall there's just a lot of small changes. The usual Linus Torvalds release announcement and short change-log can be read at LKML.org.
Btrfs has received much of the limelight on Linux when talking about file-systems since it promises to compete with Sun's ZFS file-system and introduce several features not found in the commonly-used EXT3 and EXT4 file-systems. However, work on other Linux file-systems hasn't halted. EXT4 should be stable with the Linux 2.6.28 kernel and work on the Tux3 file-system continues.
Work on the Linux 2.6.28 kernel is winding down and yesterday afternoon Linus Torvalds made available the sixth release candidate in this series. The Linux 2.6.28-rc6 kernel has a few architecture and file-system updates, but really the change-log is just made up of minor regressions and fixes.
Development on the Linux 2.6.28 kernel is slowly winding down and as a sign of that, Linus Torvalds has released Linux 2.6.28-rc5. The changes in this release are scattered across the board in the form of fixes and documentation work. There is also some driver and ACPI updates, which of course excites us hardware geeks.
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