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Kernel Log: Coming in 2.6.38 (Part 5) - Architecture, infrastructure an

Mar 08, 2011, 17:05 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thorsten Leemhuis)

"In certain situations, a small patch for 2.6.38 perceivably improves the response time of desktop environments. Transparent Huge Pages, on the other hand, simplify memory management, which is particularly relevant in terms of virtualisation and server software.

"On Tuesday last week, Linus Torvalds issued the seventh release candidate of Linux 2.6.38. Among other things, Torvalds mentioned a fix for a flaw in Btrfs that can potentially cause data loss in certain situations – again, there was no indication of a final release date for 2.6.38.

"Nevertheless, the next version in the main development branch is approaching completion, and the Kernel Log will, therefore, gradually conclude its "Coming in 2.6.38" mini series; the penultimate part will discuss the advancements in terms of the kernel's architecture code, infrastructure and virtualisation. Part 1 and part 3 discussed the changes to the graphics hardware and network communication code; part 2 and part 4 revolved around file systems and storage. This week, the series will be concluded with an article on the kernel's audio, USB and video hardware drivers."

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