"The official Linux mascot, Tux, is taking a vacation while its
Australian cousin, Tuz (pictured above), fills in for awhile,
reports Torvalds. The temporary mascot switcheroo was made to raise
awareness (and money) for the cause of saving the endangered
Tasmanian devil. In addition to the usual problems, such as loss of
habitat, the marsupials are suffering from a cancer called devil
facial tumor disease (DFTD). Tuz, the Australian version of Tux,
was a hit at last year's linux.conf.au conference in Australia,
which was attended by Torvalds.
"Some 13 weeks in development, and featuring eight pre-release
versions, Linux 2.6.29 offers a wide variety of changes from
everything from WiFi management to filesystems. Torvalds notes that
the release is "nothing really exciting," yet if nothing else, it
heralds the debut of a development-stage version of what could be
the filesystem of the future. Developed by Chris Mason, Brtfs is
said to offer better fault tolerance, while providing easier
administration, than Ext, which it should eventually replace."
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