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[News] Linux Kernel Space Gets More New Software, Drivers

  • Subject: [News] Linux Kernel Space Gets More New Software, Drivers
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2009 00:20:52 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Linux Media Labs releases LM26415 driver for kernel 2.6.31 

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| LML26415 is PCI card for full resolution 
| (D1) analog video/audio input and output, 
| based on OpenCores PCI controller and 
| MG1264 (Dallas/Mobilygen) motion video 
| processor.


Phoronix Test Suite 2.2 Further Expands The Linux Benchmarking Landscape

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| Continuing in the tradition of providing 
| feature-rich, quarterly updates to the 
| Phoronix Test Suite, Phoronix Media has 
| announced the immediate availability of 
| Phoronix Test Suite 2.2 (codenamed 
| "Bardu"). Phoronix Test Suite 2.2 continues 
| to expand the capabilities and feature set 
| for this open-source testing framework with 
| the introduction of many new features, a 
| new graphical user-interface, numerous new 
| test profiles and suites, and a public beta 
| of the Phoromatic remote test management 
| system.


Mutter/Clutter Work Leads To New GLX Extension

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| Following a meeting last week between Jesse 
| Barnes, Chris Wilson, and Kristian HÃgsberg 
| with developers working on the Clutter 
| tool-kit and GNOME's Mutter window manager, 
| there is a new GLX extension that has been 
| proposed as a result. Jesse Barnes has 
| announced their work on the 
| GLX_INTEL_swap_event extension, which helps 
| GLX integrate better with glib style event 
| loops.


VMware Releases Its New Gallium3D Driver

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| Last Friday during the Gallium3D workshop 
| we learned that the Tungsten Graphics 
| developers that were bought out by VMware 
| have been working on a virtual Gallium3D 
| driver that would be used by guest 
| operating systems running within VMware's 
| virtualization platform.



Emerging enterprise tech: The also-rans

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| Rebootless Linux. A little company called
| Ksplice has delivered on a fantastic idea:
| Keep Linux updated without downtime or
| rebooting. When a new Linux security patch
| comes out, or even a major kernel upgrade,
| Ksplice packages it as a "rebootless update"
| that can be downloaded and installed without
| bringing down the system and, because it works
| at the object code layer, without programmer
| involvement. Now that's uptime.


Ksplice gives Linux users 88% of kernel updates without rebooting

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| Have you ever wondered why some updates or installs require a reboot, and
| others donât? The main reason relates to kernel-level (core) services running
| in memory which either have been altered by the update to include new data
| that canât be âsqueezed inâ to its existing footprint, or are currently
| attached to multiple separate processes which cannot be accounted for without
| a reboot. Ksplice has figured out a way around that issue in a majority of
| the cases.
| [...]
| This technology is only for Linux at the current time. No features like this
| are available for Windows. The technology does require a kernel patch, as
| Ksplice itself must be integrated into the kernel. The installation software
| (.deb package) handles this for you.


Interview with Ksplice Co-Founder

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| Ksplice is an amazing new technology which allows patches to be applied
| directly into a running kernel, without needing a reboot. Linux Magazine
| talks with co-founder and Chief Operating Officer and discusses the origins
| of the project and what it has to offer.


Never reboot again with Linux and Ksplice

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| By default, Ksplice shows up in your system menu-bar so you can keep an eye
| on what's happening with your updates. While Ksplice itself is open-source
| software, and the service for individual users is free, you'll need to pay a
| service fee if you're a business using Ksplice to keep your servers
| up-to-date.
| Since Ksplice doesn't require any changes to the Linux kernel I strongly
| suspect you'll soon be seeing its technology used with other Linux
| distributions. After all, as great as Linux is about letting you run for
| months on end without wasting time or money on a reboot, it will be even
| better when we can run Linux for years without rebooting.


Ksplice Executives Share New Ways to Make Linux More Secure, Reliable, and

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