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Linux Top 5: New Year, New Linux Kernel

Jan 11, 2012, 19:00 (0 Talkback[s])

"The Linux 3.2 kernel is the first new kernel of the year. Among the big areas of improvement are filesystems enhancements for both Ext4 and Btrfs. Ext4 gains scalability with filesystem blocks growing from the traditional 4KB block to up to 1MB in size.

The new kernel also includes support for the Proportional Rate Reduction for TCP (PRR) specification, which could help accelerate network traffic. From a storage perspective, the new kernel provides Device Mapper improvements that will help provision storage with something known as thin provisioning.

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