With the Linux 2.6.26-rc4 kernel announcement Linus Torvalds goes on a bit of a rant surrounding users with a 32-bit x86 kernel but using PAE/HIGHMEM64G for supporting a greater memory capacity in excess of 4GB, but when you should be using the x86_64 kernel. However, for those of you in this situation, the Linux 2.6.26-rc4 kernel has a fix that should prevent some headaches caused by fallout from the recent PAT fix/cleanup patches.
With a week going by since the Linux 2.6.26-rc2 kernel release, Linus Torvalds has today announced the release of the Linux 2.6.26-rc3 kernel. This update is mostly made up of driver updates. The Linux 2.6.26-rc3 release announcement can be read at LKML.org.
On the LKML, Linus Torvalds has announced the release of the Linux 2.6.26-rc2 kernel. Since the Linux 2.6.26-rc1 kernel, just under half of the committed work has gone into architecture updates with the remainder of the work going towards drivers and miscellaneous work. Linus mentions that the most noticeable change is with the BKL, or the old Big Kernel Lock.
The Linux 2.6.25 kernel had shipped in the middle of April and now the first release candidate to this kernel's successor (Linux 2.6.26) is available for download. Among the changes in the Linux 2.6.26-rc1 kernel are x86 PAT support, file-system updates (including EXT4), a generic 802.11 layer, and mainline kgdb support for kernel debugging. The Linux 2.6.26-rc1 release announcement can be read at LKML.org.
It's coming a bit late but Linus Torvalds had released the Linux 2.6.25 kernel late last night. The Linux 2.6.25 kernel introduces new EXT4 file-system improvements, ACPI thermal regulation, LatencyTOP kernel support, enhanced process memory usage management, and real-time group scheduling are among the major additions. The Linux 2.6.25 kernel also has the initial ATI R500 DRM support. The release announcement can be read at LKML.org. It's now time to start getting excited for the next Linux release... the Linux 2.6.26 kernel!
Most thought the Linux 2.6.25-rc8 kernel would be the last testing release before this new Linux kernel goes gold, but in fact -rc9 was released this afternoon. The Linux 2.6.25-rc9 kernel is quite a small update and consists mostly of Motorola m68k updates, network driver updates, and XFS file-system patches. Linus mentioned in the Linux 2.6.25-rc9 announcement that he's looking to release Linux 2.6.25 final early next week.
The 2nd Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit has just kicked off down in Austin, Texas. The first Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit was held last year at the Googleplex, which Phoronix had also covered. We'll be providing coverage this week of the LF summit of interesting happenings.
Last week the Linux 2.6.25-rc7 kernel was released, which many expected would be the last -rc release before final, but that has changed. Linus Torvalds last night pushed out the Linux 2.6.25-rc8 kernel with a few fixes and the most noticeable regression fixes being for suspend and resume and input layer breakage. The Linux 2.6.25-rc8 release announcement can be read at Kernel Trap.
The Linux 2.6.25 kernel should be out quite soon, but this morning the Linux 2.6.25-rc7 kernel has been released. The changes in this release should close the last of the recent regressions and other trivial changes. Of note to X.Org enthusiasts are a few DRM fixes, which we mentioned were coming right after the -rc6 release with RV550 and PCIGART fixes. The Linux 2.6.25-rc7 release announcement can be read at LKML.org. It looks like the Linux 2.6.25 kernel will be an early April release.
With just about a week passing since Linux 2.6.25-rc5, the sixth release candidate for the upcoming Linux 2.6.25 kernel has been released. Most changes in Linux 2.6.25-rc6 deal with architecture, documentation, and driver updates. One note about this release is that the Linux 2.6.25 kernel now has the device ID AHCI support for the upcoming NVIDIA MCP7B motherboard chipset.
We're getting very close to the release of the Linux 2.6.25 kernel. A few hours ago Linus Torvalds pushed out the Linux 2.6.25-rc5 kernel. Linux 2.6.25-rc5 is smaller than the earlier RC kernels and is mostly composed of architecture changes and then smaller alterations across the Linux kernel spectrum. A SCSI update is also sizable in this release. The release announcement can be read at LKML.org.
The Linux 2.6.25-rc3 kernel had a slightly longer lifespan, but the Linux 2.6.25-rc4 kernel has been released this morning. Most significant in this fourth Linux 2.6.25 RC kernel are fixes for the block layer changes, but most of the changes come in the form of driver and architecture updates. More information and the release announcement can be read at Kernel Trap.
Linus Torvals had tonight pushed out the Linux 2.6.25-rc3 kernel. This third release candidate for Linux 2.6.25 features the usual architecture and driver updates while the rest of the changes are minor and scattered across the board. In the Linux 2.6.25-rc3 kernel there is a new SCSI driver and one for the ADT7473 thermal monitor ASIC. The details for the Linux 2.6.25-rc3 kernel can be read at LKML.org.
In what can be viewed as a very positive message, Linus Torvalds has announced the Linux 2.6.25-rc2 kernel and that the Linux 2.6.25 kernel will be part of the Weasel series. Furthermore, Linus noted that the release cycle for the 2.6.25 kernel should be much shorter than what was experienced with Linux 2.6.24. Updated in the Linux 2.6.25-rc2 kernel are architecture and driver (mostly network) updates. The release announcement can be read at LKML.org.
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 188.8.131.52 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.
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