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What's new in Linux 2.6.36

Oct 22, 2010, 11:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thorsten Leemhuis)

"The new kernel version is notable because it hasn't grown in size – yet it contains hundreds of advancements which will be obvious to end users, who don't often notice changes in their Linux distribution's kernel.

"After 80 days of development Linus Torvalds has released Linux version 2.6.36. It got the name "Flesh-Eating Bats with Fangs" with the eight pre-release; Torvalds was inspired by a bat that recently found its way into his house. The new Linux kernel is no larger than its immediate predecessor – a rarity, as over the past few years the kernel sources have grown by several hundred thousand lines of code with every new version released in the main development branch.

"Downloading the Linux kernel

"New versions of Linux can be obtained from the Kernel.org servers; the contents of these servers are also mirrored on numerous mirrors internationally. However, Linux users who are not familiar with the details of the kernel and its environment should generally not install new Linux drivers and kernels themselves but use the kernels provided by the Linux distributors instead.

"The kernel hasn't grown in size because the developers considerably trimmed down the default configuration files. However, other patches have introduced plenty of new source code, allowing 2.6.36 to offer numerous noteworthy new features..."

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