Higher and Further: The Innovations of Linux 2.6.28Dec 24, 2008, 03:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thorsten Leemhuis)
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"With Linux 2.6.28, the kernel hackers have concluded the main development phase of the ext4 filesystem, removing the security warnings that this successor of ext3 was still only meant for developers, testers, and keen experimenters. Extensively rewritten code to manage memory, data media and the GPU is claimed to provide slight or major speed increases, while improvements in various areas of the kernel aim to extend notebook battery life a little. As with every new Linux version in the main development line, there are also hundreds of new or significantly revised drivers. Among the new ones are, for example, those for the Elantech touchpad installed in many Asus Eee PCs and for the Atheros L2 network chip. The kernel hackers have updated the sound drivers to the alsa (advanced linux sound architecture) 1.0.18 release. They have also incorporated a number of drivers that have known issues, in the hope that the kernel community will pull together and jointly improve them so that they can be supplied as regular drivers in the future.
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