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.
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.
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.
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.
A week after the release of Linux 2.6.28-rc3, Linus has announced the release of the Linux 2.6.28-rc4 kernel. This update includes a variety of small fixes and other work, but the new cpumask interfaces have been merged though they currently aren't being used. The release announcement and short change-log can be found at LKML.org.
In time for some Sunday afternoon testing, Linus Torvalds has announced the third release candidate for the Linux 2.6.28 kernel. While driver updates usually make up most of the churn in new test kernels, with Linux 2.6.28-rc3 about two-thirds of the changes are from architecture work. The remaining work is between kernel drivers and other areas. With the new kernel, Linus is particularly interested in users testing out the new resource handing changes. The Linux 2.6.28-rc3 kernel release announcement can be read at LKML.org.
It hasn't even been a week since Linux 2.6.28-rc1 was released, but due to several prominent bags a second release candidate was issued early by Linux creator Linus Torvalds. The Linux 2.6.28-rc2 kernel fixes non-NCQ (Native Command Queuing) breaking with libata, the work-queue init bug, a struct timeval bug, and an EXT3/EXT4 file-system fix. The release announcement and change-log can be read at LKML.org.
With two weeks having passed since the Linux 2.6.27 kernel release, Linus Torvalds has closed the merge window for the next kernel (Linux 2.6.28) and he has pushed out the first release candidate in this next series.
Yesterday we shared that the patches for Intel's GEM (the Graphics Execution Manager) were submitted for inclusion into Linux 2.6.28. Those patches that added in GEM along with a few other Direct Rendering Manager improvements have landed into the mainline Linux git tree, but not without commentary from Linus Torvalds.
Version 2.6 of the Linux kernel was released in late 2003 and since then the developers have stuck with the 2.6.x.y version numbering. It's been five years with the stable Linux 2.6 kernel, but a proposal has been made on the Linux kernel mailing list to change this scheme. No, a Linux 2.8 kernel isn't secretly in the works, but Novell's Greg Kroah-Hartman has proposed the numbering version be time-based.
Earlier this month we shared that Intel's GEM would be in Linux 2.6.28 and today the patches that add this have been submitted to Linus Torvalds for inclusion into the Linux 2.6.28-rc1 kernel. GEM, the Graphics Execution Manager, is the kernel memory manager for graphics drivers on Linux that replaced Tungsten's TTM in Intel's driver and it's beginning to appear elsewhere.
Just three days after the release of Linux 2.6.27-rc9, Linus Torvalds has announced the final release of Linux 2.6.27. There aren't many changes between the previous release candidate and this shipping version. The release announcement can be read on the kernel mailing list.
The Linux 2.6.27-rc8 kernel was expected to be the last release candidate before Linux 2.6.27 goes gold, but that wasn't the case. Linus Torvalds has today announced the release of Linux 2.6.27-rc9. This release has a few regression fixes that Linus would like to have tested for a few days before declaring a releasable kernel. This new kernel does contain the Intel e1000e regression fix that had killed network hardware with earlier releases. A GART mapping issue is also fixed along with a performance regression for some AMD Turion notebooks. The release announcement for Linux 2.6.27-rc9 can be read at LKML.org.
In the Linux 2.6.27 kernel code was a rather serious regression where a faulty driver is killing Intel network hardware. Specifically the e1000 and e1000e network adapters were getting their EEPROM corrupted by the driver, which renders the network interface permanently inoperable unless that non-volatile memory can be restored. The e1000 problem was patched but the Intel e1000e remains problematic. Fortunately, Intel has now provided a workaround so that no further Intel network hardware is damaged.
As what will likely be the final release candidate for the 2.6.27 series, Linus Torvalds has announced the Linux 2.6.27-rc8 kernel. This 2.6.27-rc8 kernel consists of changes that are "pretty small, and there aren't even a
In case you missed it, there's a rather serious regression with the e1000e network driver in the Linux 2.6.27 release candidate kernels. This Ethernet driver has been killing some Intel integrated Gigabit network adapters by corrupting the chip's EEPROM. This bug (Bug #11382) has appeared in the Linux kernel and potentially impacts all Linux distributions using 2.6.27 kernel release candidates.
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