Fine tuning: What’s new in Linux 2.6.30

“After eight release candidates and a rather short development
cycle, Linus Torvalds has released Linux version 2.6.30, dubbed the
“Man-Eating Seals of Antiquity”. Following its sabbatical in
2.6.29, Tux the Linux penguin has resumed its position as Linux
mascot, relieving Tuz the Tasmanian Devil of its duties.

“Like its predecessors in the main development line of Linux,
kernel version 2.6.30 offers a vast number of changes. This time,
the majority can be found in the code that deals with data storage.
Some of the changes, for instance, improve the data security of the
still evolving Ext4 at the expense of performance — sharp-sighted
critics may remark, however, that changes to the Ext3 code in
2.6.30 may produce the opposite result if users aren’t careful when
configuring the kernel.”

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