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Kernel Log: Stable kernels analysed, Linux without firmware, new graphics drivers

Mar 09, 2010, 18:36 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thorsten Leemhuis)

"The development of Linux 2.6.34 has started and is causing heated discussions on the LKML. LWN.net has analysed Linux 2.6.32.9 for security fixes and found almost twenty of them. Linux-Libre removes proprietary files from the kernel, and new graphics drivers for Radeon cards offer numerous improvements.

"A day after the release of Linux 2.6.33 in the last week of February, Linus Torvalds started merging the most important changes for Linux 2.6.34. By last Friday, he had integrated almost five thousand commits, which has added almost two hundred thousand lines of code to the kernel. Among the new additions to the kernel are the drivers for Apple's Magic Mouse, a Python scripting engine for the tracing subsystem, and the vhost_net Virtio server designed to reduce overheads when exchanging data with guest systems via Virtio.

"The merge window is still open, although this time it might only last 10 or 12 days instead of the full two weeks – this is what Torvalds indicated to persuade the subsystem maintainers not to wait until the last minute with submitting their changes. However, Torvalds has already criticised a couple of improvements to SquashFS as well as the patches that integrate the subsystem for addressing Ambient Light Sensors (ALS) (1, 2); although they were submitted for 2.6.34, unless Torvalds changes his mind, these two additions are unlikely to make it into the Linux kernel before version 2.6.35."

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