Another Sunday evening, another Linux kernel release candidate. The second test version of the Linux 3.18 kernel is now available.
When Linux 3.18-rc1 was released last week, one week sooner than anticipated, Linus Torvalds mentioned he was willing to still allow OverlayFS to be merged this cycle. One week later, that code is hopefully now ready for merging.
With Linux 3.18-rc1 arriving one week early I didn't have a chance to write a feature overview of Linux 3.18 prior to this first development release that marked the close of the merge window. For those that didn't stay up to date with our dozens of Linux 3.18 kernel articles about changes and new features, here's a concise overview.
With Linux 3.18-rc1 having came one week early, the EXT4 file-system pull request didn't end up landing until today. However, the EXT4 changes aren't overly exciting for the 3.18 merge window.
For now it looks like the Linux kernel is going to explicitly declare itself as using the GNU89 dialect of the C89 standard but over time the code is being made to compile under C11.
While Linus Torvalds initially anticipated the Linux 3.18 merge window being three weeks in length due to his Linux Foundation conference travels, he ended up managing to release Linux 3.18-rc1 after just two weeks... The release is out there now with its many changes.
On top of some separate patches to make the mainline 64-bit ARM Linux kernel closer to building under Clang, a separate pull request was sent in for the Linux 3.18 kernel that works to make other areas of the kernel's massive code-base more compatible with the LLVM/Clang compiler.
The much anticipated DRM feature pull was merged over the night for the Linux 3.18 kernel that's now in its early stages of development.
Ingo Molnar sent in his many pull requests on Monday for the Linux 3.18 kernel merge window.
Dave Chinner sent in the XFS feature pull request for the Linux 3.18 kernel.
While Reiser4 doesn't still have any mainline Linux kernel ambitions until receiving any corporate backing, the notoriously known Linux file-system has been updated for Linux 3.16 compatibility and SSD discard support.
On top of many other changes with Linux 3.18 is also a common mailbox driver/framework for the kernel.
Going back two years with the Linux 3.7 kernel was the initial 64-bit ARM support and now eleven kernel releases later the initial enablement is still being battened up. With Linux 3.18 there's finally PCI support for ARM64.
While we're just one week in for what's expected to be a longer than usual merge window, here's a look at the top work so far for the Linux 3.18 kernel.
Chris Mason at Facebook sent in his Btrfs pull request on Friday for the Linux 3.18 kernel.
The media pull request was submitted yesterday for the Linux 3.18 kernel.
The Flash-Friendly File-System (F2FS) has been running well in our latest SSD benchmarks but with the forthcoming Linux 3.18 kernel it's going to be in even better shape.
Besides Greg KH sending in the USB changes for Linux 3.18 he also sent in the driver core changes for the 3.18 merge window. With the driver core patches this time around is a notable change for benefiting developers to ultimately better debug wireless and GPU driver issues.
Many USB subsystem changes are present for this newly-started Linux kernel merge window.
The 64-bit ARM (AArch64) is closer to building under the LLVM/Clang kernel as an alternative to GCC with the upcoming Linux 3.18 release.
Another one of the early pull requests for the just-opened Linux 3.18 merge window is the HID pull request that features improvements to benefit future Wacom tablets as well as Sony's game controllers.
Rafael Wysocki sent out his first aligned set of changes of ACPI core and power management changes he's planning on volleying over to Linus Torvalds for the Linux 3.18 kernel merge window.
After a calm week when Linux 3.17 was extended by one week, Linus Torvalds happily released the Linux 3.17 kernel a few minutes ago. Linux 3.17 is out in all of its glory and due to Torvalds' travel schedule the Linux 3.18 merge window will be open for about three weeks.
Meet BOSSMOOL, an effort to redesign the Linux kernel by adding object oriented abstractions, introducing a device driver framework with C++ driver support, and other changes.
After years of development, more than two dozen versions of the file-system, and real-world deployments in some Linux distributions, OverlayFS is trying again to get in the mainline Linux kernel.
While Linus Torvalds was looking at possibly releasing Linux 3.17 this weekend, there's been a chance of course with a 3.17-rc7 kernel instead having been released.
If all goes well, the Linux 3.17 kernel might be released this weekend. For those not closely following the kernel's development over the past two months, here's a recap of some of the most interesting changes found in this new version of the Linux kernel.
While there hasn't been much to report on lately as it pertains to the open-source Exynos DRM driver, it continues to be updated and maintained by Samsung's staff.
Continuing in his Sunday tradition, Linus Torvalds put out the sixth release candidate to the Linux 3.17 kernel. Depending upon how the next week goes, this could be the final release candidate for Linux 3.17.
The f2fs-tools package that provides user-space utilities to the Linux F2FS file-system is out with a new version that provides FSCK capabilities among other changes.
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