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Aug 10, 2009, 20:31 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jonathan Corbet)

"Some of the more interesting changes in 2.6.30 include:

"After a long series of discussions, the kernel developers decided to make a modified version of the "relatime" mount option the default. This change will reduce disk traffic and improve battery life, at the cost of changing longstanding Unix-like behavior.

"The ext3 filesystem has seen a number of performance improvements, and now operates in the data=writeback mode by default (though distributors may well change that default). See this article for a description of these changes and how they came about.

"Support for integrity management in the kernel has been merged. This code makes use of the trusted platform module (TPM) built into many systems to ensure that the system's files (including its executable software)"

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