Linux Kernel News Archives
Linux 2.6.22-rc6 Kernel Released

The Linux 2.6.22 kernel is nearing completion and the sixth release candidate has been released. This release should fix a number of regressions and other issues introduced in the 2.6.22-rc5 kernel. Linus' announcement for the Linux 2.6.22-rc6 release with additional details can be found on the Linux kernel mailing list.

26 June 2007 - Add A Comment
Linux 2.6.22-rc3 Kernel Released

With Memorial Day coming up on Monday, Linus Torvalds has released the Linux 2.6.22-rc3 kernel in time for some extra testing over the holiday weekend here in the US. This third release candidate offers embedded hardware architecture updates (ARM, SH, and Blackfin), ATA updates, USB suspend fixes, network driver updates and network fixes, and quite a few other changes. Kernel Trap has the 2.6.22-rc3 announcement with some additional commentary.

26 May 2007 - Add A Comment
Linux 2.6.22-rc2 Released

Hitting the web yesterday was the Linux 2.6.22-rc2 kernel. This release candidate contains random fixes along with architecture changes and libata and driver updates. Linus Torvalds' announcement for this kernel can be read at LWN.

19 May 2007 - Add A Comment
Linux 2.6.22-rc1 Hits The Web

The Linux 2.6.22-rc1 kernel has hit the web with almost seven thousand files changed. However, when it comes to new features in this first Linux 2.6.22 testing release are architecture updates, drivers, file-systems, networking, and a variety of other improvements. Some of the new specific improvements include a new Firewire stack, new wireless networking infrastructure, new digital video drivers, and a brand new CPU architecture. Kernel Trap has provided some additional information on this announcement.

13 May 2007 - Add A Comment
How-To Write Drivers in Linux

If you've been experimenting with the idea of writing device drivers for Linux, Free Software Magazine has written an extensive article on this topic. The article starts with the differences between kernel-space and user-space components and then ends with using LEDs connected to a parallel port as the device. This how-to guide can be read here.

1 May 2007 - Add A Comment
Merging in the Linux 2.6.22 Kernel

Interested in knowing what patches have been merged so far into the -mm kernel and will likely end up in the Linux 2.6.22 mainstream kernel? Kernel Trap has a short article and Andrew Morton's message with what is being merged in time for the Linux 2.6.22 kernel (well, so far). If you missed it, the Linux 2.6.21 kernel is now available.

1 May 2007 - Add A Comment
Linux Kernel Released

It was not even a week ago that the Linux 2.6.21 kernel was released, but now the kernel has entered the world. The first minor revision in the Linux 2.6.21 branch fixes an RT0 header IPv6 change and a fix for the netlink fib. The change-log is available here and the source is available from

28 April 2007 - Add A Comment
Linux 2.6.21 Kernel Released

After the release of the Linux and 2.4.35-pre4 kernels earlier in the week and being two weeks since the availability of Linux 2.6.21-rc7, the Linux 2.6.21 kernel has now been officially released. The major change in Linux 2.6.21 are all of the changes in the timers and dynticks to support a tick-less kernel. Additional information on the Linux 2.6.21 kernel is available from Kernel Trap.

26 April 2007 - Add A Comment
Linux Kernel & 2.4.35-pre4

If you're still using the Linux 2.4 kernel, being released today is the Linux kernel along with the 2.4.35-pre4 kernel. The day started off with the release of the Linux and the 2.4.35-pre3 kernel, but a fib_semantics patch had broken that build resulting in a same-day re-release. The new 2.4.34 kernel contains a large amount of bug-fixes along with a small security fix. The latest 2.4.35 pre-release kernel features driver updates and other changes. As always, the latest vanilla kernel sources are available from The Linux 2.6.21 kernel should be released in just a matter of days.

22 April 2007 - Add A Comment
The New Linux Scheduler

Kernel Trap has new coverage of the completely fair Linux scheduler. This new scheduler is currently available via a patch-set known as the "Modular Scheduler Core and Completely Fair Scheduler". This scheduling project is a complete rewrite and offers some very interesting changes. Check it out here.

19 April 2007 - Add A Comment
Linux 2.6.21-rc7 Arrives

If Linux isn't your thing and you enjoy venturing into unchartered territory, Linus Torvalds has released the Linux 2.6.21-rc7 kernel. In this release candidate are mostly driver fixes along with some networking fixes and NFS changes. If some regressions can be cleared, Linus hopes to push out the Linux 2.6.21-final kernel next weekend. The Linux 2.6.21-rc7 release announcement comes today from LWN.

16 April 2007 - Add A Comment
Linux Released

If you're a user of the vanilla Linux kernel, the Linux stable kernel has been released. There's quite a few changes that make up this release and the change-log can be viewed here. Kernel downloads are available from

14 April 2007 - Add A Comment
Linux 2.6.21-rc5 Released

Linus Torvalds has released the Linux 2.6.21-rc5 kernel. New in this fifth release candidate is a variety of fixes to address outstanding issues -- among architecture updates for KVM and regression fixes in other areas. Linus' announcement can be read at LWN.

26 March 2007 - Add A Comment
Linux 2.6.21-rc2 Kernel Changes

KernelTrap has summarized the changes for the Linux 2.6.21-rc2 kernel. There are quite a few merges in this release that hadn't made the Linux 2.6.21-rc1 release earlier this month.

28 February 2007 - Add A Comment
Linux Kernel /

New updates are out in the Linux 2.6.18 and 2.6.19 branches. These new releases are Linux and Linux with information available here and here respectively.

25 February 2007 - Add A Comment
Linux 2.6.21-rc1 Released

The first release candidate in the Linux 2.6.21 kernel has been released. Among the changes in Linux 2.6.21-rc1 is the tickless kernel patch and dyntick/nohz. KernelTrap has additional coverage.

21 February 2007 - Add A Comment
Linux Released

The Linux kernel features one basic change from Linux 2.6.20... This new kernel release fixes a free-wrong-pointer bug for NFS/ACL servers. The (short) kernel mailing list message can be read here. The Linux 2.6.18 and 2.6.19 kernels have also been updated with this fix.

20 February 2007 - Add A Comment
Linux 2.6.20 Released

The Linux 2.6.20 kernel has been released. Among many other changes, new in this kernel is KVM virtualization and PlayStation 3 support. Our KVM virtualization article can be read here. The announcement and discussion on this new kernel can be read in the Phoronix Forums.

4 February 2007 - Add A Comment
Linux 2.6.20-rc7

While the Linux 2.6.20-rc6 kernel was supposed to be the last test release until 2.6.20, Linus Torvalds has pushed out a seventh release candidate. This was done due to ensuring no new bugs cropped up while addressing regressions in the Linux kernel. The release announcement can be found at LKML.

1 February 2007 - Add A Comment
Linux 2.6.20-rc6 Released

The Linux 2.6.20-rc6 kernel has now been pushed out the door by Linus. Mr. Torvalds hopes that this release candidate will be the last one before the final Linux 2.6.20 release. More information is available at Kernel Trap.

25 January 2007 - Add A Comment
Linux 2.6.20-rc4 Kernel Released

A week ago Linus announced the Linux 2.6.20-rc3 kernel, and today he is pushing out the Linux 2.6.20-rc4 kernel. New in the fourth 2.6.20 release candidate is primarily fixes for Kernel-based Virtual Machine along with other fixes. The change-log is available here.

8 January 2007 - Add A Comment
Linux 2.6.20-rc3 Kernel

The third release candidate in the Linux 2.6.20 branch has been released today. The Linux 2.6.20-rc3 change-log covers the many changes in this release from rc2. Linus' wisdom with this release is it's always a good idea to cut a release *before* you go out to party and get drunk. Happy New Year!

1 January 2007 - Add A Comment
Linux 2.4.34 Kernel Released

For anyone still using the Linux 2.4 kernel, the Linux 2.4.34 kernel has been released. New in this version are more security fixes and bug fixes along with support for GCC 4.0. The complete change-log is available here.

27 December 2006 - Add A Comment
Linux Kernel 2.6.19 Released

The Linux 2.6.19 kernel has been released! As said by Linus Torvalds, this is a rare "perfect" kernel. Among the changes since the Linux 2.6.18 kernel is clustering GFS2 filesystem, Ecryptfs, and the first experimental snapshot for EXT4. Grab it and share your experiences over at the Phoronix Forums.

29 November 2006 - Add A Comment
Linux 2.6.19-rc4 Released

The fourth release candidate in the Linux 2.6.19 kernel branch has been released. New in 2.6.19-rc4 is mostly driver and architecture updates with various other fixes. This development release can be grabbed over at

31 October 2006 - Add A Comment
Linux 2.6.18 Kernel Released

Released yesterday, on "Talk Like A Pirate Day", was the Linux 2.6.18 kernel. A few of the changes include the new zd1211 WiFi driver, a horde of fixes for the Intel-based Macintosh machines, and Hotplug and many other fixes for the SATA driver. The complete change-log can be read here. As always, the latest kernel can be grabbed over at

20 September 2006 - Add A Comment
Kernel 2.6.18-RC5 Released

The fifth release candidate is now out for the Linux 2.6.18 kernel. Featured in 2.6.18-RC5 is various fixes with PowerPC, V4L, networking, and SCSI. The full 2.6.18-RC5 kernel change-log is available here.

28 August 2006 - Add A Comment
Stateless Linux

Red Hat is working on engineering a new project, which they have dubbed "Stateless Linux". Some components for this project have already appeared in Rawhide. Here is Havoc Pennington's announcement.

23 June 2006 - Add A Comment
Linux 2.6.17 Kernel

The Linux 2.6.17 kernel has been released. In this release are quite a few changed beyond what was found in the 2.6.17 release candidates. As always, the latest kernel source is available from

18 June 2006 - Add A Comment
Linus Torvalds Interview

For your reading pleasure this weekend, CNN has conducted an interview with Linus Torvalds. Nothing too technical is asked, but it sure is an interesting read for Linux enthusiasts. This interview in its entirety can be read at CNN World Business.

20 May 2006 - Add A Comment

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