Update: Linus Torvalds: Linux 2.5.72 (And a Move to OSDL)Jun 17, 2003, 13:00 (25 Talkback[s])
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Ok, I waited too long for 2.5.71, so here's a more timely 2.5.72 release.
It's extra timely largely because the hash list poisoning found some problems in the RPC code, making NFS break. Trond found and fixed the breakage, so 2.5.72 should work fine in an NFS environment too. Let's see if the list poisoning shows any other dodgy list users. Knock wood.
Also, Arnaldo has cleaned up a lot of the networking code to use the generic hash lists, instead of the old ad-hoc net-specific list walking code. That code has been tested pretty well, but please holler if you see something.
Changelog for other details appended.
The other big news--well, for me personally, anyway--is that I've decided to take a leave-of-absense after 6+ years at Transmeta to actually work full-time on the kernel.
Transmeta has always been very good at letting me spend even an inordinate amount of time on Linux, but as a result I've been feeling a little guilty at just how little "real work" I got done lately. To fix that, I'll instead be working at OSDL, finally actually doing Linux as my main job.
[ I do not expect a huge amount of change as a result, testament to just how freely Transmeta has let me do Linux work. My email address will change to "firstname.lastname@example.org" effective July 1st, but everybody is trying to make the transfer as smooth as possible, so we'll make sure that there will be sufficient address overlap etc to not cause any problems ]
OSDL and Transmeta will have a joint official (read: "boring". You should have seen the bio--that didn't make it--that I suggested for myself for it ;) ) press-release about this tomorrow morning [Editor's Note: The release appears below the changelog -BKP], but I just wanted to say thanks to Transmeta. It has been a special place to work for, and hello to OSDL that I hope will be the same.
Snif. I'm actually all teary-eyed.
Summary of changes from v2.5.71 to v2.5.72
Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo:
David S. Miller:
Ravikiran G. Thirumalai:
Rik van Riel:
Zephaniah E. Hull:
Press Release: Torvalds Joins OSDL as First Linux Fellow
BEAVERTON, Ore. and SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 17 -- OSDL, a non-profit, global consortium of leading technology companies dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux, and Transmeta Corporation, the leader in efficient computing, today announced that Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, will join OSDL as the first OSDL Fellow.
As an OSDL fellow, Linus will work exclusively on leading the development of Linux, the open source software that he created in 1991 as a university student in Finland. Torvalds will dedicate himself now full-time to guiding a distributed team of thousands of Linux developers around the world. At OSDL, he will have hands-on access to its state-of-the-art computing resources and test facility. He will also help set priorities and direction for the Lab's different industry initiatives.
"It feels a bit strange to finally officially work on what I've been doing for the last twelve years, but with the upcoming 2.6.x release it makes sense to be able to concentrate fully on Linux," Torvalds said. "OSDL is the perfect setting for vendor-independent and neutral Linux development."
Founded in 2000, OSDL has data centers in Portland, Oregon and Yokohama, Japan used by Linux developers around the world. With investment backing from Computer Associates, Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, IBM, Intel, NEC and others, the lab sponsors key industry projects, including industry initiatives to enhance Linux for use in corporate data centers (Data Center Linux) and in telecommunications networks (Carrier Grade Linux). OSDL is increasingly being recognized as the center-of-gravity for the Linux industry: an important and independent central body that invests in the growth and innovation of Linux for the benefit of customers.
"OSDL is a leading Linux-industry advocate with the single-minded focus of accelerating its use throughout the enterprise," said Stuart Cohen, OSDL CEO. "Linus's decision to join us is a confirmation of the importance of our mission. OSDL is the only organization where Linux developers, customers and vendors can all participate as equals. The addition of Linus' perspective and guidance to the Lab will enhance our value to all three of these groups."
Linux is the fastest-growing operating system in the world. Revenue for Linux-based servers grew 62% in 2002, while overall sales of servers dropped 8%, according to Gartner Dataquest, a market research company. By 2007, Gartner predicts that Linux may grab 15% of the worldwide market.
"Linus Torvalds adds tremendous credibility to OSDL's efforts to drive the evolution of Linux forward into enterprise computing and carrier environments," said George Weiss, vice president and research director for the research firm Gartner. "The computing market is still questioning how far and how fast Linux can go as an enterprise-ready platform. With Linus at OSDL, many will be looking for leadership from the lab for answers to those questions."
Torvalds will join OSDL on leave from Transmeta Corporation, where he is currently a Transmeta Fellow. Transmeta is an OSDL member and worked with OSDL on the transition. "Linus has made substantial technological contributions as a member of our development team here at Transmeta," said Matthew R. Perry, president and CEO, Transmeta Corporation. "Transmeta appreciates and fully supports Linus' strong interest in devoting his attention and energy to certain emerging industry-wide Open Source initiatives at OSDL."
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