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Kernel Log: Coming in 2.6.38 (Part 3) � Network drivers and infrastructure

Feb 25, 2011, 17:33 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Kernel version 38 will offer a new meshing implementation, loads of new and improved LAN and Wi-Fi drivers, plus various minor changes that promise to improve the network subsystem's performance.

"All the parts in this Kernel Log mini-series can be found by reference to the 2.6.38 tracking page.

"Early on the morning of 22 February, Linus Torvalds issued the sixth release candidate of Linux 2.6.38. In his release email, Torvalds mentioned a fix for a memory corruption problem – but he said that it is rare and only two people ever saw it. There was no indication of a final release date for 2.6.38. Usually released on a weekly basis, the "regression reports" have recently listed 17 unsolved problems which don't exist in 2.6.37; a further 26 flaws introduced between 2.6.36 and 2.6.37 also remain unsolved.

"The Kernel Log takes the release of RC6 as an opportunity to continue its "Coming in 2.6.38" mini series and describe the advancements in terms of network hardware drivers and infrastructure. The first part of our mini series described the changes in the graphics hardware area, while the second part covered file systems. Over the coming weeks, further articles will discuss the kernel's storage, architecture and infrastructure code as well as its audio, USB, and video hardware drivers."

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