Linux Kernel News Archives
Linux Bricks Some UEFI Samsung Laptops

Generating a fair amount of attention today is word that when booting modern versions of Ubuntu -- and other Linux distributions -- on Samsung laptops that utilize UEFI, Linux can actually brick the system. There's now an urgent Linux kernel patch underway.

30 January 2013 - Linux Kernel Problem - 38 Comments
Support For Compressing The Linux Kernel With LZ4

A set of patches that allow the Linux kernel image to be compressed with the LZ4 lossless compression algorithm have been published. The size of LZ4-compressed Linux kernel images are larger than using LZO compression, but there's promise that the boot times could be better.

28 January 2013 - LZ4 Kernel - 15 Comments
Secure Boot Breaks Kexec, Hibernate Support On Linux

A set of "controversial" patches were published by Matthew Garrett this morning for the Linux kernel. One of the patch series will disable the kernel's support for kexec and hibernate support when running in a UEFI Secure Boot environment.

28 January 2013 - Secure Boot - 17 Comments
Imagination's Meta Linux Kernel Port Is Ready For 3.9

In early December, Imagination Technologies ended up publishing 28 thousand lines of Linux kernel code, which ended up being a port of the open-source kernel for their Meta ATP/HTP processor cores. This Linux kernel port is looking to be merged to mainline for the Linux 3.9 kernel.

27 January 2013 - Meta Linux Kernel Port - Add A Comment
Linux Foundation Puts Out Linux 3.4 "LTSI" Kernel

From the Linux Foundation's Consumer Electronics Workgroup is a Linux 3.4 kernel that's part of their Long-Term Support Initiative. The LTSI Linux 3.4 kernel will be maintained for two years while back-porting some of the features of newer Linux kernel releases.

22 January 2013 - LTSI Kernel - Add A Comment
A Common System Device Hot-Plug Framework For Linux

An experimental system device hot-plug framework for the Linux kernel is still being developed. This framework is meant to be commomon for system device hot-plugging for system devices like CPU and RAM while being platform-neutral.

17 January 2013 - System Hot-Plug - 8 Comments
Bcache For The Linux Kernel Might Finally Be Ready

It's been a long time coming, but Bcache might finally be merged soon into the mainline Linux kernel. Bcache provides a block-layer SSD cache for Linux with write-back and write-through support for solid-state drives.

15 January 2013 - Linux Bcache - 7 Comments
Linux Zswap Still Aiming For Compressed Swap Caching

A second version of the Zswap patch-set for the Linux kernel was published this week. The Zswap patches provide compressed swap caching support to compress pages in the process of being swapped and compresses them into a dynamically allocated RAM-backed memory pool.

9 January 2013 - Zswap - 6 Comments
Major Network Performance Regressions In Linux

Affecting the latest Linux kernel release, Linux 3.7, are "multiple apparently unrelated network performance issues." The major network performance problems were reported by a well-known Linux kernel developer.

6 January 2013 - Linux 3.7 - 7 Comments
KTAP: A New Dynamic Tracing Tool For Linux

KTAP is an experimental project that's a new dynamic tracing tool for Linux. KTAP has several different design principles from SystemTap, one of the current most common dynamic instrumentation and tracing tools for Linux. This new project might satisfy some of those developers that have been wanting Sun/Oracle's DTrace to come to Linux.

31 December 2012 - KTAP - 1 Comment
What Didn't Make The Cut For The Linux 3.8 Kernel

While there's a lot of features that are new to the Linux 3.8 kernel as covered in The Feature Overview For The Linux 3.8 Kernel, there's also several promising new features and functionality that didn't make the cut for this next kernel release.

25 December 2012 - Missing Features - 6 Comments
VIA DRM/KMS Driver Still Not Ready For Linux 3.8

While there's a lot of great stuff to the Linux 3.8 kernel, with the merge window recently closed, one feature that's long been lacking from the mainline Linux kernel is support for kernel mode-setting (KMS) on VIA graphics hardware.

23 December 2012 - Linux 3.8 Kernel - 6 Comments
Hot-Data Tracking Still Baking For The Linux Kernel

A few months ago I wrote about hot-data tracking for the Linux kernel, a VFS feature that could be used by Btrfs and other Linux file-systems for delivering improved performance. Unfortunately the patch-set didn't make the new Linux 3.8 development cycle, but hot-data tracking is still being worked on for merging into a future Linux kernel release.

22 December 2012 - Hot-Data Tracking - 12 Comments

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