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Category: Linux Kernel

Linux 4.1 Release Has Record Developer Participation

Linus Torvalds this week announced the release of the Linux kernel version 4.1, which will also form the basis of the next long term stable (LTS) kernel release. Linux 4.1 was also the first kernel release to include contributions from more than…

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The 4.1 Kernel is Out

Linus has released the 4.1 kernel. “It’s not like the 4.1 release cycle was particularly painful, and let’s hope that the extra week of letting it sit makes for a great release. Which wouldn’t be a bad thing, considering that 4.1 will also be a LTS r…

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New Linux Kernel Version 4.1 available for download!

The new Linux Kernel Version 4.1 is available for download! Visit the Linux Kernel Archive here: https://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/ Get the new Linux Kernel directly through this link: https://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v4.x/linux-4.1.tar.gz NEW: See the latest FUN statistics for this Kernel version here: https://www.linuxcounter.net/statistics/kernel See how many lines of code this new version has, how many bad words or how […]

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The Creator of Linux on the Future Without Him

The conversation, combined with Linus Torvalds’s aggression behind the wheel, makes this sunny afternoon drive suddenly feel all too serious. Torvalds—the grand ruler of all geeks—does not drive like a geek. He plasters his foot to the pedal of a yellow Mercedes convertible with its “DAD OF 3” license plate as we rip around a corner on a Portland, Ore., freeway. My body smears across the passenger door. “There is no concrete plan of action if I die,” Torvalds yells to me over the wind and the traffic. “But that would have been a bigger deal 10 or 15 years ago. People would have panicked. Now I think they’d work everything out in a couple of months.”

It’s a morbid but important discussion. Torvalds released the Linux operating system from his college dorm room in Finland in 1991. Since then, the software has taken over the world. Huge swaths of the Internet—including the servers of Google, Amazon.com, and Facebook—run on Linux. More than a billion Android smartphones and tablets run on Linux, as do billions upon billions of everything from appliances and medical devices right on up to cars and rockets. While Linux is open-source, which allows people to change it as they please, Torvalds remains the lone official arbiter of the software, guiding how Linux evolves. When it comes to the software that runs just about everything, Torvalds is The Decider.

Read more at Bloomberg.

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Kernel Prepatch 4.1-rc8

As promised, the 4.1-rc8 kernel prepatch is out. “So I’m on vacation, but time doesn’t stop for that, and it’s Sunday, so time for a hopefully final rc.”
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Todays downtime from 07:20 – 13:45 CEST | Thanks to FirstColo and Raid1

Hey all out there! Today the linuxcounter was offline from 07:20am until 01:45pm CEST because of the crash of one of the two SSDs. After an update yesterday evening I decided today in the morning to reboot the server, because there also was a new kernel available. Unfortunatly I only got the busybox initramfs prompt […]

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Inside NGINX: How We Designed for Performance & Scale

The folks behind the NGINX web server have put up a highly self-congratulatory article on how the system was designed. “NGINX scales very well to support hundreds of thousands of connections per worker process. Each new connection creates another fil…

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Linux 4.1 Offers Potentially Dazzling Performance

Besides presenting a lot of new kernel features and functionality, the upcoming Linux 4.1 kernel release is potentially very exciting if you’re an owner of certain classes of Intel hardware that offer better performance under this new kernel — and i…

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New Linux Kernel Version 4.0.5 available for download!

The new Linux Kernel Version 4.0.5 is available for download! Visit the Linux Kernel Archive here: https://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/ Get the new Linux Kernel directly through this link: https://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v4.x/linux-4.0.5.tar.gz NEW: See the latest FUN statistics for this Kernel version here: https://www.linuxcounter.net/statistics/kernel See how many lines of code this new version has, how many bad words or how […]

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Working on Linux 4.2 – The Kernel Column

 Linus Torvalds announced the first Linux 4.1 release candidate kernel saying, “no earth-shattering new features come to mind, even if initial support for ACPI on arm64 looks funny. Depending on what you care about, your notion of ‘big new feature’ may differ from mine, of course. There’s a lot of work all over and it might just make a big difference to your use cases.” New features in Linux 4.1 include the new ‘simple persistent memory’ driver (which enhances support for Non-Volatile Memory devices), support for single user-only systems where support for multiple users is configured out (for very small embedded systems that don’t have resources and need to save 25 KB of RAM), and support for filesystem-level encryption in ext4. The subsequent RCs add a few fixes, including one “so old that I almost thought if it’s been broken since 2011, and you only noticed now, maybe it could have waited.”

Read more at Linux User & Developer.

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The Intel Graphics Changes For The Linux 4.2 Kernel

While for weeks we’ve already been writing about the forthcoming Linux 4.2 development cycle, including the Intel DRM kernel improvements, Daniel Vetter of Intel OTC has provided a nice overview of what’s coming to Linux 4.2 for Intel graphics…
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Linux 4.1 Kernel Benchmarks With An Intel Core i7 IVB System

Yesterday I ran some fresh tests of Intel Ivy Bridge on the latest Mesa Git code to see if the performance has changed much recently for the slightly-older generation of Intel HD Graphics. Today I’ve done some similar tests in kernel-space with the L…

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Btrfs RAID 0/1 Benchmarks On The Linux 4.1 Kernel

With the Linux 4.1 kernel coming together nicely I’ve begun my testing (separate from all the fully-automated Git testing done each day via the LinuxBenchmarking.com systems) of this new kernel under a variety of different workloads, stressing differ…

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Kernel prepatch 4.1-rc4

Linus has released the 4.1-rc4 kernel prepatch, saying: “So here it is, last-minute fix and all. The -rc4 patch is a bit bigger than the previous ones, but that seems to be mainly due to normal random timing – just the fluctuation of when submaintain…

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Stable Kernel Updates

New stable kernels 4.0.4, 3.14.43, and 3.10.79have been released. All of them contain important fixes throughout the tree.
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New Linux Kernel Version 4.0.4 available for download!

The new Linux Kernel Version 4.0.4 is available for download! Visit the Linux Kernel Archive here: https://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/ Get the new Linux Kernel directly through this link: https://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v4.x/linux-4.0.4.tar.gz NEW: See the latest FUN statistics for this Kernel version here: https://www.linuxcounter.net/statistics/kernel See how many lines of code this new version has, how many bad words or how […]

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