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Linus 2.6.30-rc3

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| The patch is even bigger, since we ended up doing the renaming of the m32r 
| header files (last architecture to use the old include/asm-xyz format) and 
| the caiaq sound driver also renamed it's files. And this time I actually 
| checked that my patches are old-style patches without git rename 
| information, so they should all apply properly on the first try!
| But apart from that, there shouldn't be a lot of huge excitement. Things 
| do seem to be calming down, knock wood.



Exciting changes in the 2.6.30 Linux kernel

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| Every Linux kernel release has interesting changes but 2.6.30 really stands
| out to me as having a lot of features I would like to take advantage. In
| 2.6.29 the only really great feature to me was the inclusion of barrier
| support for simple DM devices. It’s only 1 change but an important one in my
| opinion as it will allow an increase in either performance or reliability for
| LVM and dm-crypt devices. But 2.6.30 has a lot of changes that I am likely to
| take advantage of such as:
|     *  The addition of nilfs - I’ve tested nilfs and I am happy to see it
|     adopted. I’ve run into problems using it but would like to see it become
|     stable. It seems likely to beat btrfs as the first stable Linux disk
|     filesystem with snapshots.
| [...]


Ext3 ‘data=guarded’ mode coming for Linux kernel 2.6.30?

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| There were some patches from Theodore T’so - the Ext4 maintainer, Jens
| Axboe - the block layer maintainer, Chris Mason - the Btrfs developer et al.
| An overview of the discussion can be found at LWN.net, here.


Linux Supports More Filesystems With 2.6.30-rc1

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| Two weeks have passed since the release of the Linux 2.6.29 kernel that
| brought Intel kernel mode-setting, the Btrfs file-system, and many other
| improvements to the Linux kernel. Now though the first release candidate for
| the forthcoming Linux 2.6.30 kernel is now out in the wild.


Kernel Log: Development of 2.6.30 is under way

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| Shortly after the release of Linux 2.6.29 last Tuesday, the kernel subsystem
| developers began to prepare the first changes to be merged into the main
| development branch for Linux 2.6.30. This is usually done by sending a "Git
| pull request" – an email which includes the URL to a Git tree with the
| proposed changes as well as a diffstat and a list of individual patches – not
| only to Linus Torvalds, but usually also to the LKML (Linux Kernel Mailing
| List). Often, the maintainer of the subsystem starts the email with a short
| summary of the proposed changes, highlighting the most important ones, or
| putting the changes into context.


Linux 2.6.29

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| It's out there now, or at least in the process of getting mirrored out.
| The most obvious change is the (temporary) change of logo to Tuz, the
| Tasmanian Devil. But there's a number of driver updates and some m68k  header
| updates (fixing headers_install after the merge of non-MMU/MMU)  that end up
| being pretty noticeable in the diffs.
| The shortlog (from -rc8, obviously - the full logs from 2.6.28 are too big
| to even contemplate attaching here) is appended, and most of the non-logo
| changes really shouldn't be all that noticeable to most people. Nothing
| really exciting, although I admit to fleetingly considering another -rc
| series just because the changes are bigger than I would have wished for this
| late in the game. But there was little point in holding off the real release
| any longer, I feel.

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