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We're almost nearing an end to the Linux 2.6.26 kernel development with now six release candidates, but Linus Torvalds notes in his mailing list announcement that there are still more changes late in the game than what he'd ideally like to see. Between Linux 2.6.26-rc5 and Linux 2.6.26-rc6 have been 350 commits. As usual, most of the changes have taken place within the driver and architecture sections of the Linux kernel.
12 June 2008 - Another Week, Another RC
Just like Linux 2.6.26-rc4, today's release of the 2.6.26-rc5 kernel is another update with a variety of small fixes. There isn't anything major to talk about with this latest testing kernel update other than fixing some scheduler issues and the usual assortment of driver updates. The release announcement and additional commentary can be found at Kernel Trap.
5 June 2008 - A few more RCs before final
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.
27 May 2008 - Linus Rants About 32-bit x86 PAE - 1 Comment
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.
20 May 2008 - Linux Kernel Driver Updates
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.
12 May 2008 - Linux 2.6.26 Is Two Steps Ahead
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.
3 May 2008 - Linux 2.6.26 Kernel Excitement
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!
17 April 2008 - Now Let's Get Ready For Linux 2.6.26! - 12 Comments
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.
11 April 2008 - Linux 2.6.25 Kernel Still Baking - 5 Comments
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.
8 April 2008 - LF Summit In Texas
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.
2 April 2008 - One More RC Before Final?
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.
26 March 2008 - One More RC Before Final? - 8 Comments
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.
17 March 2008 - Linux 2.6.25 Kernel Gets Closer
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.
11 March 2008 - It's Getting Close To Linux 2.6.25
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.
5 March 2008 - Linux 2.6.25 Kernel Gets Closer
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.
25 February 2008 - Another Leap Towards Linux 2.6.25 - 2 Comments
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.
16 February 2008 - Linux 2.6.25 Cycle Continues
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.
10 February 2008 - 1.4 Million Lines Of Diffs
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.
24 January 2008 - Let's Get Ready For Linux 2.6.25 - 23 Comments
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.
16 January 2008 - Linux 2.6.24 Is On Its Way
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.
7 January 2008 - "A Lot of Rather Small Changes"
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