With the final release of the Linux 2.6.24 kernel at the end of January, the first release candidate for Linux 2.6.25 is now out the door. With the long 2.6.24 development cycle, there is quite a few changes for the Linux 2.6.25 kernel and it includes 1.4 million lines of diffs which amounts to 11MB. Most of this work, however, boils down to architecture and driver updates. Of note in this release is the Intel video driver now working with suspend/resume natively, ACPI and other general suspend/resume changes, and many cleanups from the x86 merge. The release announcement for the Linux 2.6.25-rc1 kernel can be read at LKML.org.
In time for Linux.Conf.Au that is starting in just four days, Linus Torvalds has this afternoon released the Linux 2.6.24 kernel. Compared to the 2.6.24-rc8 kernel there aren't many changes. The Linux 2.6.24 kernel introduces CPU group scheduling, x86_64 tickless kernel support, a number of new wireless drivers, SELinux performance improvements, a new framework for idle processor power management, and SATA link power management are among the notable changes. The Linux 2.6.24 kernel release announcement can be read at LKML.org.
In the last RC kernel before the Linux 2.6.24 kernel is released, Linux Torvalds has today pushed out the Linux 2.6.24-rc8 release. Like the previous RC, this release just includes a variety of fixes and clean-ups before the final release (mostly revolving around drivers, networking, some arch updates, and ACPI). The release announcement can be read at LKML.org.
Linus Torvalds has today released the Linux 2.6.24-rc7 kernel. While there isn't anything major this late in the Linux 2.6.24 kernel development cycle, Linus has noted that this seventh release candidate just has a lot of rather small changes. More details are available from Kernel Trap.
While the Linux 2.6.24 kernel isn't out in time for the holidays, Linus Torvalds has just released the Linux 2.6.24-rc6 kernel. The most important work since 2.6.24-rc5 includes Serial ATA fixes for ACPI events (libata-acpi) and new watchdog drivers, but for the most part this release is made up of small fixes. The Linux 2.6.24 final release is expected in early January. The 2.6.24-rc6 announcement can be read at LKML.
Back onto the one week RC release cycle, Linus Torvalds has today released the Linux 2.6.24-rc5 kernel. This latest RC kernel doesn't contain any major updates but just addresses a variety of regressions and other small issues. In the 2.6.24-rc5 release announcement, Linus mentioned that the final Linux 2.6.24 kernel will not be out in time for Christmas unless there are more development elves working on wrapping up the regressions.
Due to the holidays, Linus Torvalds was a bit late in pushing out the Linux 2.6.24-rc4 kernel, but it's now been released. The Linux 2.6.24-rc4 kernel has a few architecture updates (including x86), minor ACPI changes, driver updates (USB, IDE, SCSI, network, etc), and last but not least some file-system updates. The Linux 2.6.24-rc4 kernel release announcement can be read at Kernel Trap.
On Saturday, Linus Torvalds has released the Linux 2.6.24-rc3 kernel. This third release candidate for Linux 2.6.24 contains a number of small fixes and code cleanups. Linux 2.6.24-rc3 has some network driver fixes, IDE and infiniband updates, cpufreq updates, and a hwmon update. More information and the Linux 2.6.24-rc3 release announcement can be read at Kernel Trap.
After a long lifespan for the Linux 2.6.24-rc1 kernel, the second release candidate for Linux 2.6.24 is now available. The Linux 2.6.24-rc2 kernel includes architecture updates, driver updates (libata, IDE, networking), scheduler cleanups, and a number of other small changes. The release announcement can be read at LKML.
If you haven't yet upgraded to the Linux 2.6.23 kernel, another release in the Linux 2.6.22 series is now available. Greg Kroah-Hartman has pushed out the Linux 22.214.171.124 kernel, which fixes a variety of bugs. The mailing list announcement can be read here and as always the vanilla kernel can be downloaded from Kernel.org.
Last night Linus Torvalds pushed out the Linux 2.6.24-rc1 Kernel, which is one large development release. Compressed, there are 11MB worth of changes, which is over twice the usual amount. These changes consist of x86 merges, a ton of new drivers (especially wireless networking), architecture improvements, file-system work, and other changes. This is one hell of a release! More details can be found in the 2.6.24-rc1 announcement.
After a couple fixes since the Linux 2.6.23-rc9 kernel, Linus Torvalds has released the Linux 2.6.23 kernel. Since this last release candidate, a few bugs were fixed along with some architecture updates (MIPS, Sparc64 and BlackFin). The release announcement can be read at LKML.org. We will be delivering some Linux 2.6.23 kernel benchmarks shortly.
Kernel Trap is out with a new article that talks about recent activity on the Linux Kernel Mailing List. Along with all of the other plans for the Linux 2.6.24 kernel, there is quite a bit of networking activity going on. One new feature going in is the Neptune Linux driver and extensive activity with net-2.6.24. Read all about it at Kernel Trap.
Due to a few trivial changes since the Linux 2.6.23-rc8 release, Linus has pushed out one last release candidate in the Linux 2.6.23 series. The Linux 2.6.23-rc9 kernel is going to have a lifespan of only a few days as the Linux 2.6.23 kernel release is expected in only a few days. In the Linux 2.6.23-rc9 announcement, Linus also mentioned that one of the first things to be merged for the Linux 2.6.24 kernel is the unified x86 architecture.
On the horizon for the Linux 2.6.24 kernel are several driver, USB, and PCI subsystem updates. Greg Kroah-Hartman not only made news today about developing open-source drivers free of charge to companies willing to provide the needed technical information, but he has also issued the state of the Linux Driver Core, USB, and PCI subsystems. There are a number of updates planned for these three Linux subsystems that he is the maintainer of, especially for the Universal Serial Bus (USB) in the Linux 2.6.24 kernel. Greg's status reports (as of the Linux 2.6.23-rc8 kernel) for the Linux PCI, USB, and Driver Core subsystems can be read here, here, and here.
The final release of the Linux 2.6.23 kernel is in the air. In the eighth Linux 2.6.23 release candidate there are new chips being supported by the sky2 network driver, signalfd simplification, and a number of other small fixes. More information on the Linux 2.6.23-rc8 kernel can be found at Kernel Trap.
For those using the Linux 2.6.22 kernel, the 126.96.36.199 update is now available. This update contains a single security fix for x86_64 Linux. The Linux 188.8.131.52 kernel announcement can be found on LKML.
The release of the Linux 2.6.23 kernel is quickly approaching and yesterday afternoon Linus Torvalds had released the 2.6.23-rc6 kernel. Last week was the Linux Kernel Summit (this week is the X Developer Summit) and immediately prior to this summit Linus had put out the 2.6.23-rc5 kernel; however, two nasty bugs had arose in that testing release. The missing NULL pointer and a missing list terminator in ata_piix are now corrected in the 2.6.23-rc6 kernel. This release also contains a few other updates but mostly comes down to XFS, NFS, scheduler, and m32r work. Read the announcement at LKML.org.
With the Linux Kernel Summit coming up next week in Europe, Linus Torvalds has released the Linux 2.6.23-rc5 kernel. The fifth release candidate for Linux 2.6.23 should fix most of the regressions out there. Linus classified the Linux 2.6.23-rc5 release as "fixing a number of generally pretty small issues." Find out more at Kernel Trap.
The Linux 184.108.40.206 kernel has been released. The Linux 220.127.116.11 kernel has a number of changes that includes disabling MSI on the RS690, RD580, and RX790 chipsets and fixing a number of bugs. The Linux 18.104.22.168 release announcement can be read at GMANE.
Two weeks since Linux 2.6.23-rc3, the fourth release candidate for the Linux 2.6.23 kernel is now available. This release contains an ACPI update as well as architecture updates and a variety of fixes. The 2.6.23-rc4 announcement and more details can be found at Kernel Trap.
If you're still using the Linux 2.6.20 kernel, the sixteenth iteration has been released with three security fixes. The three fixes in the Linux 22.214.171.124 kernel are for the stack-based buffer overflow in the random number generator, sending arbitrary signals to a child process that is running at higher privileges, and a security problem in the drm/i915 component. The Linux 126.96.36.199 kernel announcement can be read on Google Groups.
Succeeding the Linux 188.8.131.52 kernel is now the 184.108.40.206 kernel that presents just one security fix. This fix resets current->pdeath_signal on SUID binary execution. The 220.127.116.11 release announcement is available on the LKML.
The Linux 18.104.22.168 kernel has been released by Greg Kroah-Hartman. This release fixes a few issues along with adding the PCI ID in pata_atiixp for the ATI SB700 Southbridge. This release also contains two cpufreq on-demand fixes to increase the power savings capabilities. The Linux 22.214.171.124 release announcement can be read at LKML.
The third release candidate for the Linux 2.6.23 kernel has been pushed out. Unlike the 2.6.23-rc2 kernel where there was a wealth of changes, that's not the case this time around. The Linux 2.6.23-rc3 kernel has some scheduler updates, architecture changes for SPARC64 and PowerPC, and random driver updates. Linus Torvalds announcement can be found at LWN (among other places).
The Linux 126.96.36.199 kernel has been released with a number of bug fixes and security updates. Between the Linux 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206 kernels there are over 50 changes. The release announcement can be read at LWN and all 2.6.22 users are encouraged to upgrade.
Dave Jones, the lead Fedora kernel maintainer and Linux hacker, has released the first bits of code to a new project he has been working. This new tool, acpitool, decodes ACPI tables into something that is almost like a C syntax. It's far from complete but the latest code is available from his personal website with the acpitool release announcement taking place on Dave Jones' blog.
Greg Kroah-Hartman yesterday announced the availability of the Linux 220.127.116.11 kernel. This release includes a variety of fixes with Linux 2.6.21 users being encouraged to upgrade to this latest release.
The Linux 2.6.23-rc2 kernel has been released onto kernel mirrors. This second release candidate introduces some new merges with 250 people contributing patches, but 2.6.23-rc2 is bigger than it should be and it's late as well. Linus Torvalds had stated in his announcement that "this whole '-rc2 is the new -rc1' thing is a disease." This new development kernel includes some driver changes, a MIPS update, and minor alterations all over the kernel. Additional information is available from Kernel Trap.
If you're still stuck in the Linux 2.4 kernel series, you'll be happy to know that the Linux 2.4.35 kernel has been released. This kernel comes after six months of work and integrates the changes made in the Linux 18.104.22.168 kernel combined with a number of new PCI IDs, support for high-speed USB HID, and a variety of other improvements for 2.4 kernel users. The 2.4.34.x kernel branch is now closed, but the Linux 2.4.35.x branch is open for patches. Read more at LKML.
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