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The kernel column by Jon Masters #89

Jul 12, 2010, 16:36 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jon Masters)

[ Thanks to Linux User & Developer magazine for this link. ]

"Last month saw the opening and subsequent closing of the 2.6.35 kernel's merge window, the period of time during which all of the exciting new features that have been waiting in the wings (and in linux-next nightly kernels provided by Stephen Rothwell) are considered for merging into the official 'mainline' kernel source tree by Linus Torvalds. Recent releases have often added a new file system (or perhaps two), but 2.6.35 does not add any new file systems. It does add many other new features, including support for profiling virtual machines from the host machine using 'kvm perf', the KDB in-kernel debugger that has augmented the existing KGDB support for remote debugging, the memory compaction patches, and memory hotplug support in the SLAB memory allocator.

"A number of other features were of course not added in this release, including the 'suspend blockers' from Google's Android that have been debated heavily on the LKML (Linux Kernel Mailing List) over the past month. Overall, a good set of features and accompanying discussion are on their way to a solid release. "The bulk should be there. And please, let's try to make the merge window mean something this time – don't send me any new pull requests unless they are for real regressions for major bugs, okay?" stated Linus Torvalds, on 2.6.35."

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