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[News] rPath Makes 2010 Predications, Linux Made Huge Progress in 2009

  • Subject: [News] rPath Makes 2010 Predications, Linux Made Huge Progress in 2009
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 17 Dec 2009 23:17:04 +0000
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Eight IT Predictions for 2010 


FOSS: How Did 2009 Shape Up?

,----[ Quote ]
| A major release of the Linux kernel happens 
| every three months, which means this year has 
| seen four new versions. Of course, not all of 
| these will see major circulation as most 
| distros only release every six months. 
| Typically every second or third release makes 
| it into the major distributions. Version 
| 2.6.32 was released just two weeks ago, but 
| it wonât actually make it to most distros. 
| Nevertheless, most of the major features do 
| make it onto the desktop, eventually.
| This past year has seen some amazing new work 
| enter the kernel. Perhaps the most work 
| centered around file systems with the 
| introduction of Btrfs, SquashFS, FUSE, EXOFS 
| and NILFS2 into mainline. For the majority of 
| distributions, the new Ext4 file system has 
| become the default (although it was not 
| without its problems).
| Graphics architecture was re-worked which 
| caused no end of issues for most machines 
| with an Intel graphics card. Kernel-based 
| mode setting (KMS) was introduced including 
| support for Intel and Radeon cards. With 
| 2.6.33 on the way the Nouveau driver for 
| NVIDIA cards has just been merged into the 
| mainline staging tree. Linux was also the 
| first kernel to gain support for USB 3.0, 
| although there are no consumer devices widely 
| available yet.



Kernel Log: New stable kernels, 2.6.33 with DRBD and RT2800PCI

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| Kernel versions, and
| offer minor improvements and correct
| several bugs â including one security hole.
| Torvalds has already incorporated more than
| 5,000 changes for Linux 2.6.33. Its merge
| window will probably be open for just over
| another week. Various developers are working
| on significant improvements to the open source
| Radeon graphics drivers.


A Great Present In The Linux 2.6.33 Kernel

,----[ Quote ]
| David Airlie has just called upon Linus
| Torvalds to pull in the latest DRM patches
| for inclusion into the Linux 2.6.33 kernel.
| The Direct Rendering Manager improvements in
| this next kernel release will be
| particularly interesting and are perhaps as
| significant as earlier kernels that had
| introduced kernel mode-setting support for
| Intel and ATI/AMD hardware along with in-
| kernel memory management. The changes that
| the Linux 2.6.33 kernel will bring are
| aplenty and will impact almost all of those
| using an open-source graphics driver stack.

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