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[News] New Linux is Released, Worth Over a Billion Euro

  • Subject: [News] New Linux is Released, Worth Over a Billion Euro
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 25 Feb 2010 16:56:50 +0000
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Linux 2.6.33 released

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| The shortlog below is (obviously) just the things since the last 
| -rc8, for  a fuller log you can either download the full ChangeLog, 
| or preferably do the git thing and look at whatever area you are 
| interested in. Or wait for the kernelnewbies report.


What's new in Linux 2.6.33

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| A promising open source driver for NVIDIA 
| graphics hardware, a replication solution to 
| prevent server down times, "ATA Trim" 
| support and a host of new and improved 
| drivers are some of the most prominent 
| improvements in Linux 2.6.33.


Community Filtering and Disagreeableness

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| In a practical regard Iâm very impressed 
| with the shear scale of development that the 
| Linux kernel project manages to organise. It 
| does have a very effective set of mechanisms 
| for filtering contributions that intend to 
| reduce noise and promote useful contribution 
| over general chatter.


Built to last

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| It has now been almost exactly five years 
| since kernel development community 
| tentatively started using the git source 
| code management system with the 2.6.12-rc2 
| commit. That was an uncertain time; nobody 
| really knew how long it would take the 
| development process to get back up to speed 
| after an abrupt core-tool change. As it 
| turned out, git was almost immediately 
| useful, and has only become more so since. 
| Making the development process work is gitâs 
| main claim to fame, but, as a side benefit, 
| git also makes it possible to learn a lot 
| about how our kernel is developed. And that, 
| as it turns out, includes taking a look at 
| the code which is not changed.
| [...]
| It turns out that, of the approximately 12 
| million lines of code and documentation that 
| make up the 2.6.33 kernel, about 31% dates 
| back to that 2.6.12-rc2 commit. A third of 
| our current kernel has not been touched in 
| the last five years.


Linux kernel R&D worth over 1bn euros

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| The development costs would reach over a 
| billion euros (or about Â900m, or $1.4bn 
| USD), according to researchers from the 
| University of Oviendo, Spain. JesÃs GarcÃa-
| GarcÃa and MÂ Isabel Alonso de Magdaleno are 
| set to present this open source thought 
| experiment at the European Union's 
| Conference on Corporate R&D next month.


Kernel Log: Linux and hard disks with 4-KByte sectors

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| In future, fdisk will arrange partitions in 
| such a way that the new hard disks with 4-
| KByte sectors can achieve optimum 
| performance â although, for now, users will 
| still need to select fdisk's appropriate 
| mode of operation manually. The developers of 
| Realtime Linux have released new kernel 
| versions, and the completion of and 
| 2.6.33 is also approaching.



Kernel Log: Coming in 2.6.33 (Part 4) - Architecture and virtualisation

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| Several changes to the X86 and KVM code are to
| speed up the kernel's own hypervisor. The
| kernel developers once again revised and
| considerably extended the still emerging
| tracing infrastructure. The Power and PowerPC
| code now also supports the Gamecube and Wii
| games consoles.
| When releasing Linux 2.6.33-rc7 at the end of
| last week, Linus Torvalds expressed some
| dissatisfaction because the main development
| branch currently contains more flaws than he
| would like. He asked the developers to take
| another close look at the list of known bugs
| in the predecessor of 2.6.33 and indicated
| that he will probably release an eighth RC
| before finalising Linux 2.6.33.


Linux 2.6.33-rc7


Linux 2.6.33-rc6

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| Hmm. About 50% arch updates, and 40% drivers,
| with the rest being a smattering of mainly fs
| and networking updates.


Kernel Log: Coming in 2.6.33 (Part 2) - Storage

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| Extended discard support means that Linux
| now supports ATA TRIM, which can increase
| SSD lifespan and throughput. New additions
| to the Linux kernel include HA solution
| DRBD and drivers for HP, LSI and VMware
| storage hardware. The new kernel version,
| expected in early March, also includes
| many minor improvements to the code for
| the Btrfs, Ext4 and ReiserFS file systems.


Linux 2.6.33-rc5

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| Hmm. I don't think there is anything earth-
| shaking here, although the i915 KMS changes
| might be noticeable. Notably if you have eDP
| ("embedded DisplayPort" - I think mainly a
| feature you'd find on a new imac), in which
| case it now hopefully works, but more
| commonly if you saw the flickering on your
| laptop panel due to LVDS downclocking (which
| saves power, but is now disabled by default
| until that thing is resolved).


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.

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