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[News] Linux Extends Support Window, First to Deliver USB 3.0 Support

  • Subject: [News] Linux Extends Support Window, First to Deliver USB 3.0 Support
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2010 02:19:33 +0000
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Linux 2.6.32 Kernel To Be Maintained Longer

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| With Ubuntu 10.04 basing off the Linux 
| 2.6.32 kernel and this distribution release 
| being a Long-Term Support (LTS) release 
| that will be maintained longer than normal 
| Ubuntu releases -- and other vendors using 
| the Linux 2.6.32 kernel for their 
| enterprise updates too -- this kernel will 
| live on longer as well.


Linux and USB 3.0

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| Ever get tired of Windows people 
| proclaiming how their operating system has 
| device support for this, that, and the 
| other thing and Linux doesn't? Well, now 
| you have a perfect come-back. The newest, 
| fast interface, USB 3.0 is out and only 
| Linux has native support for it. 


Stable kernel tree status, January 18, 2010

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| The 2.6.27-stable kernel tree is still 
| living on, as a "long-term" stable release. 
| But, I do have to warn users of this tree, 
| the older it gets, the less viable it 
| becomes. Not all bugfixes are being 
| backported to this kernel version due to 
| massive code changes in the over 2 years 
| since this kernel has been released. I am 
| doing my best to backport fixes that I 
| become aware of, and I encourage anyone who 
| does fix any types of bugs in the main 
| kernel tree to let me know if the change 
| should be applied to this older kernel 
| version.


Linux Foundation Announces 2010 Event Schedule, Posts Call for Participation for Annual Collaboration Summit 

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| The Linux Foundation (LF), the nonprofit 
| organization dedicated to accelerating the 
| growth of Linux, today announced that it 
| has finalized its event schedule for 2010, 
| which includes its Collaboration Summit, 
| End User Summit, LinuxCon, Japan Linux 
| Symposium and Linux Kernel Summit. 



Linux.conf.au: Latest Linux kernel release due early March

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| The latest release of the Linux kernel,
| 2.6.33 is expected to be out by the beginning
| of March and among its new features is a
| reverse-engineered driver for Nvidia graphics
| chipsets.
| Jonathan Corbet, Linux kernel contributor,
| co-founder of LWN.net and the lead author of
| Linux Device Drivers, Third Edition, will
| give Linux.conf.au attendees a full update on
| the Linux kernel at the conference on
| Wednesday. He told Computerworld version
| 2.6.33 is âpretty well along in productionâ.


Subject Linux 2.6.33-rc4

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| Hmm. Odd release. Something like 40% of the
| patches are in DRM (mostly  nouveau and radeon,
| both staging, so it's a bit less scary than it
| sounds.  But there's a noticeable i915
| component too). That's all pretty unusual,
| afaik.


Kernel Log: Coming in 2.6.33 (Part 1) - Networking

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| Linux 2.6.33 will have new and improved
| drivers for Wi-Fi chips by Intel, Ralink and
| Realtek. Several drivers for old Wi-Fi
| hardware have been moved to the staging area
| and will probably soon be discarded. New
| additions include various LAN chip drivers
| and several improvements to the network
| stack.


Linux 2.6.33-rc3

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| It's been quiet due to the holidays, so -rc3
| is reasonably small despite  being a few days
| over the normal one-week mark. And most of the
| changes  are pretty trivial, although both
| ext4 and reiserfs had some trouble in  -rc2,
| hopefully all fixed now.


Linux 2.6.33-rc2 - Merry Christmas ...

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| .. or wahetever it is you'll be celebrating
| today/tomorrow.
| And if you aren't celebrating anything at
| all, but instead sitting in your dark
| basement feeling lonely and bored, you can at
| least try out the latest -rc kernel. Because
| it's better than moping around doing nothing.


Nouveau: A 2.6.33 Surprise

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| Linus has released the 2.6.33-rc1 prepatch,
| closing the merge window for this development
| cycle. This kernel has a few features which
| will shake things up, with dynamic tracing
| being near the top as far as I am concerned.
| But, perhaps, the most interesting addition is
| one that almost nobody expected: a reverse-
| engineered driver for NVIDIA graphics chipsets
| called âNouveau.â


Nouveau To Go Into Linux 2.6.33 Kernel!

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| Wow, the day has come, open-source fans with
| NVIDIA hardware that run Linux have quite the
| present this holiday season. Yesterday there
| was the first DRM pull request for the Linux
| 2.6.33 kernel that brought many changes to the
| ATI/AMD and Intel DRM along with other core DRM
| improvements (such as to the TTM memory
| manager). These changes were quite significant
| and we even called it a great present in the
| Linux 2.6.33 kernel.
| These DRM changes were accepted, but Linus
| Torvalds went off on a bit of rant wanting
| Nouveau merged into the kernel. A discussion
| ensued and after blaming Nouveau's lack of
| upstreaming on wanting the kernel/user-space
| API to potentially change in the future and
| then with Red Hat disclosing the Nouveau
| microcode problem that seemed to be pretty
| much that and we had not expected any
| immediate activity on the matter.


Linus Torvalds Accepts DRBD into Linux Kernel

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| Linus Torvalds, lead developer of the Linux
| kernel community, has merged DRBD, an open
| source data replication solution, into Linux as
| a fully supported component. After exactly 10
| years of ongoing development work - software
| developer Phil Reisner wrote the first line of
| code on December 8, 1999 - Torvalds'
| acknowledgment means DRBD has become a fixture
| on the storage market.


Linus Wants Nouveau Merged Into Kernel

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| This morning the first DRM pull request went
| in for the Linux 2.6.33 kernel that brings
| many nice graphics changes for Intel,
| ATI/AMD, and VMware users. Anything for
| NVIDIA hardware through Novueau was not
| mentioned as there is no readied support, but
| as we stated in our article this morning, its
| unlikely to see Nouveau's DRM in the mainline
| kernel before the Linux 2.6.34 kernel. This
| is even though Fedora has been shipping
| Nouveau support for a few releases now and
| even Canonical is pulling in Nouveau KMS
| support for Ubuntu 10.04.


Part 2 Of Nouveau Saga: The Microcode

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| Following a feature-packed DRM pull request
| this morning for the Linux 2.6.33 kernel,
| Linus Torvalds became frustrated that the
| Nouveau driver for supporting NVIDIA hardware
| was still not to be found in this most recent
| pull request. Linus wants Nouveau in the
| mainline kernel especially as Red Hat has
| already been shipping this free software
| driver in Fedora for two releases.


Nouveau Companion 41

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| Just in time for the holidays is a new Nouveau Companion newsletter to update
| the community on the status of this open-source 2D/3D NVIDIA driver that is
| written by clean room reverse-engineering of NVIDIA's binary driver. It has
| been a while since Nouveau Companion 40, but there is still active work going
| into this X.Org driver. Among the topics covered in the 41st edition of the
| Nouveau Companion is kernel mode-setting, Gallium3D, layering GEM on top of
| TTM (similar to the GEM-ified TTM Radeon driver), and thermal monitoring code
| for the Nouveau driver.
| Well, I bet most of you did not expect me to show up shortly before the end
| of the year with yet another TiNDC. There has been some turmoil regarding my
| job. At first it was too much work followed by a somewhat unexpected folding
| of the company. So I had to find a new job, which is why I never turned up
| for quite some time.

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