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Linux 2.6.26-rc8 Kernel Released

It's only been a couple days since Linux 2.6.26-rc7, but today Linus Torvalds has released Linux 2.6.26-rc8, or what will hopefully be the last testing release for the Linux 2.6.26 kernel. The two changes making up most of this new release candidate are minor alterations to Xen and KVM virtualization. Linus will be gone for about a week, but he hopes this is the last release candidate before the Linux 2.6.26 kernel goes gold.
25 June 2008 - Xen, KVM Virtualization Updates

Kernel Developers Say No To Binary Blobs

The Linux Foundation and over 140 kernel developers have today issued a message reaffirming their position on binary-only drivers within the Linux kernel. Their positional statement reinforces that any closed-source Linux kernel module is harmful and undesirable. Their one paragraph decree goes on to add "we urge vendors to adopt a policy of supporting their customers on Linux with open-source kernel code." Their statement along with all of the Linux kernel developers agreeing with this message can be found at LinuxFoundation.org.
23 June 2008 - Linux Foundation, Developers Talk - 46 Comments

Linux 2.6.26-rc7 Kernel Released

With the release of the Linux 2.6.26-rc7 kernel, the release of Linux 2.6.26 final is nearing. The big change in Linux 2.6.26-rc7 is the Intel and ATI DRM update we talked about earlier this week. That update brings R500 DRM support, updated microcode for all Radeon GPUs, and Intel GMA 4-Series (the upcoming X4500 Chipset) DRM support. Linus Torvald's mailing list message and short change-log can be read at Kernel Trap.
21 June 2008 - Another RC Kernel Release - 11 Comments

Updated Intel, ATI DRM For Linux 2.6.26

Red Hat's David Airlie has requested that Linus Torvalds pulls in a slew of DRM patches in time for the Linux 2.6.26 kernel release. The Linux 2.6.26-rc7 kernel will be out any day now, but David Airlie is requesting these patches get in as most of the work has been well-tested -- aside from the Intel GMA 4-Series work that was committed just days ago. These patches include all of the open-source R500 3D work for Mesa's DRM component, which will bless many users with this newly-found support. In addition, the patches include the new microcode for all Radeon GPUs that were officially released by AMD. While R500 is the major focus of this work, there are also a few DRM fixes for the earlier Radeon R100/200/300/400 generations (and the updated microcode helps these cards too). Last but not least, the Intel GMA 4-Series Chipset patches for DRM are included as well. David Airlie's e-mail message and all of the patches can be found on the mailing list archive.
20 June 2008 - A Big DRM Update Late In 2.6.26 Cycle - 1 Comment

Linux 2.6.26-rc6 Kernel Released

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

Linux 2.6.26-rc5 Kernel Released

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

Linux 2.6.26-rc4 Kernel Released

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

Linux 2.6.26-rc3 Kernel Released

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

Linux 2.6.26-rc2 Kernel Released

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

Linux 2.6.26-rc1 Kernel Released

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

Linux 2.6.25 Kernel (Finally) Released

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

Linux 2.6.25-rc9 Kernel Released

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

Linux Foundation Summit #2 Starts

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

Linux 2.6.25-rc8 Kernel Released

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?

Linux 2.6.25-rc7 Kernel Released

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

Linux 2.6.25-rc6 Kernel Released

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

Linux 2.6.25-rc5 Kernel Released

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

Linux 2.6.25-rc4 Kernel Released

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

Linux 2.6.25-rc3 Kernel Released

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

Linux 2.6.25-rc2 Kernel Released

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

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