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Mar 25, 2009, 00:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by M. Tim Jones)

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"At the conclusion of 2008, the 2.6.28 kernel surfaced. Subsequently, the merge window for the next release—2.6.29—opened. As the Linux kernel uses a distributed development process, it's not always clear what's coming (or will be integrated) into a given kernel release, but the last two have been interesting from both a short- and long-term perspective. One interesting milestone for 2.6.28 is that it's the first time Linux has exceeded 10 million lines of source code (see Figure 1, which uses source line count data from Heise Online).

"These releases have introduced new file systems (one stable, one experimental), new support for graphics and virtualization, and new enterprise storage features. I start with a review of some of the major new features in 2.6.28, then I explore what you might expect from 2.6.29.

"What's new in 2.6.28?

"Linux kernel 2.6.28 was released on December 24, 2008 (at release 5 as of early February, 2009). This first release of 2.6.28 includes a large number of changes—so large that the change-log text file is itself almost 6MB in size. This release is viewed as so stable that it's the kernel of the next Ubuntu distribution, version 9.04, Jaunty Jackalope."

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