Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Mar 2009 09:30 UTC, submitted by diegocg
Linux Linus Torvalds has released Linux 2.6.29. The new features include the inclusion of kernel graphics modesetting, WiMAX and AP wifi support, inclusion of squashfs and a preliminary version of btrfs, a more scalable version of RCU, ecryptfs filename encryption, ext4 no journal mode, support for filesystem freeze and other improvements. Here's a full list of changes.
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by Jezza on Tue 24th Mar 2009 10:42 UTC
Jezza
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2005-10-13

All the new features and filesystem support is nice, but we're forgetting the most important feature in this release...

The new (temporary) Linux Mascot, Tuz.

http://torvalds-family.blogspot.com/2009/03/new-logo.html

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Best feature nobody talks about. NOBODY
by kragil on Tue 24th Mar 2009 11:04 UTC
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2006-01-04

***Make Minstrel the default rate control algorithm***
for wifi.

http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux-2.6.git;a=...

http://wireless.kernel.org/en/developers/Documentation/mac80211/Rat...


It will increase your WLAN speed!

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Page 2
by StuffMaster on Tue 24th Mar 2009 15:04 UTC
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2006-12-26

Why is this on Page 2? This is OSNews, and Linux is the internet's favorite OS!

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RE: Page 2
by diegoviola on Tue 24th Mar 2009 15:14 UTC in reply to "Page 2"
diegoviola Member since:
2006-08-15

Why is this on Page 2? This is OSNews, and Linux is the internet's favorite OS!


I second that.

They would probably be more happy to put "Windows 7" news on the first page, OSnews sucks now.

Edited 2009-03-24 15:15 UTC

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RE[2]: Page 2
by cyclops on Tue 24th Mar 2009 18:37 UTC in reply to "RE: Page 2"
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2006-03-12

You have to understand the importance of Windows 7. Ingnoring Revenue because it is a financial success, Vista was a failure, and still is two years on. You have to appreciate the excitement building up to the first release, and the abject Horror that followed its own release.

But since Vista has it been good news! Surface and runner-up in the console race possibly...Office 2007!? Linux becomes viable with a decent and arguably better OpenOffice.org and Firefox combination, the latest version out next Month. Apple are cutting into Market share, and have the Monopoly on Legal Music downloading...heard anything about the Zune lately...we hear more about Microsoft and its vfat patents...vfat for christsakes used only so its easy to transfer files to their OS from embedded devices, a child of 5 can do it apparently. We have seen them cripple computer gaming on the Microsoft OS, and lose out to some attractive consoles including their own. We have seen their Browser market share continue to be eroded even though IE is bundled, and two new browsers in the fray, just when they buy out half the internet with billions and try to push silverlight down our undesirables, and LAMP is still running the WWW. Its seen the growth of Netbooks a desirable commodity. That has shown that GNU/Linux is a possibly in addition to showing up Vista to be slow and bloated however you argue the point, and kept XP around like a bad smell, and now with Android/Linux and ARM equivalents running on even cheaper devices, a price where windows tax definitely starts to bite, from a company prepared to pay to support their revenue to maintain advertising growth. A company that now has a larger Monopoly on Internet search than Microsoft, and is getting its fingers into to lots of pies. Thats without ignoring exiting happening like their disgusting OOXML, and governments growing teeth to address their anti-capitalist behavior. They not only have found themselves competing on several fronts, but actually losing to themselves. This is by no means an extensive list.

Windows 7 to the faithful, is seen as a Saviour to the Microsoft which is living on its monopoly status. It to all accounts is Vista with optimizations and cloud lock-in in addition to its usual attractive proprietary formats, and de facto standards, activation and DRM, and pushing online content...you know the crippling of the OS that only hurt later. It is right now a marketing success, and Vista already has been through the pain of compatibility/performance problems, and is aiming to limit the damage or remove its netbook/internet/legacy OS/government monopoly problems.

...but it can only happen after new version of Gnome;X;and 2 Linux kernels. The Launch of Android on Netbooks. A renewed Apple Lineup. OpenOffice already hitting 50 Million Downloads being taken over by IBM, with a new version next month, and online Office suites appearing all over the Internet. New fast shiny Browsers everywhere, and a fresh charges from the EU over bundling a browser.

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Fedora
by StuffMaster on Tue 24th Mar 2009 15:22 UTC
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2006-12-26

Man, Fedora 10 is still on 2.6.27. I was hoping for 28 sometime, and now 29 is out. Guess I'll have to wait for Fedora 11. Not that it actually matters to me, I just want that warm fuzzy feeling ;)

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RE: Fedora
by RJop on Tue 24th Mar 2009 16:56 UTC in reply to "Fedora"
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2007-01-08

Man, Fedora 10 is still on 2.6.27. I was hoping for 28 sometime, and now 29 is out. Guess I'll have to wait for Fedora 11. Not that it actually matters to me, I just want that warm fuzzy feeling ;)

I guess that Fedora's 2.6.27 kernel has everything the most important stuff from 2.6.28 already [1]. Hopefully Fedora 10 is eventually updated to version 2.6.29 [2].

[1] Dave Jones:
"I was asked recently what bits we’re excited about in .28 for Fedora. To be honest, I didn’t give a great answer. It’s just not a “OMG, THIS RELEASE IS AWESOME” kind of release. There’s nothing in there that I was disappointed not to get into .27 for F10’s release. In fact, lots of the bits in there we were already carrying in the Fedora kernel (the DRM bits for example)."
http://www.codemonkey.org.uk/2008/12/24/linux-kernel-2628/

[2] If you are impatient you can always get it here:
http://koji.fedoraproject.org/koji/packageinfo?packageID=8

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Please include DazukoFS...
by poundsmack on Tue 24th Mar 2009 16:25 UTC
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2005-07-13

I wont go into much detail, but for more information please see these links. Every major antivirus for linux uses this module, it would be good to have it included into the mainstream kernel.

http://dazuko.dnsalias.org/wiki/index.php/Dazuko-based_Applications

http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/dazuko-devel/2009-02/msg00001.htm...

http://dazuko.dnsalias.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

Edited 2009-03-24 16:26 UTC

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Death of the intelfb
by cyclops on Tue 24th Mar 2009 16:55 UTC
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2006-03-12

The intel driver has been insane for at least the last couple of kernels. I'm playing with Ubuntu Jaunty which has left my "Intel Corporation 82845G/GL[Brookdale-G]/GE Chipset Integrated Graphics Device (rev 01)" without acceleration on one machine, and hang really badly with Gentoo on Intel X4500HD with the optimum still being the 2.5.3 driver on 2.6.28 kernel which runs very nicely. I'm actually gaming with it on a 1920x1080 screen, and feel like I'm on the cutting edge of 2004. My intel gma900 based media center continues to work like a trouper and not care. I'm sorry for the my own anecdotal evidence but the forums are littered with their own mixed bag of success and failures.

This is going to be a painful change for Distributions, which are due out the end of next month. I know the benefits long term look excellent, but I cannot help but think this change could have been smoother, Linux it seems handles evolutionary but not revolutionary changes very well, but it was nice to boot up 2.6.29 this morning and be presented with text on the console, that looked appropriate on a modern widescreen display as opposed to that if the old greenscreen terminals. Something I've not had since I moved from SIS to Intel.

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Kochise
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2006-03-03

Ubuntu 8.10 EMT64 and Fedora 10 EMT64 doesn't boot on Atom 330, do this kernel release solve the issue ?

Kochise

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indridi Member since:
2009-01-11

Atom is a 32 bit processor, will never ever boot anything compiled for 64 bits.

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Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

Atom 230 and 330 (Netbox and Desktop) are EMT64 compatible, checkout there :

All models support: Intel64
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_Atom_microprocessors#Ato...

x86-64 is so far only activated for the Atom 230 and 330 desktop models
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silverthorne_(CPU)#Architecture

Kochise

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News?
by dvzt on Tue 24th Mar 2009 20:52 UTC
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2008-10-23

New Linux kernel is released. Just like every two months. Where's the news?

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RE: News?
by cyclops on Wed 25th Mar 2009 17:21 UTC in reply to "News?"
cyclops Member since:
2006-03-12

I think the fact that is is delivered about every 3.5 months is news and X every *cough* eight and gnome every six months, and main Distributions every 6 months(8 for suse) and a new Firefox every 10 months OpenOffice every 6 months.

Thats ignoring the fact that this release contains new features; improvements; bugfixes...and regressions security problems.

...but it definitely is news

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RE[2]: News?
by dvzt on Wed 25th Mar 2009 17:33 UTC in reply to "RE: News?"
dvzt Member since:
2008-10-23

- 3.5 months is not much
- kernel.org has RSS feed
- most people upgrade kernel from their distribution's repository

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RE[3]: News?
by diegocg on Wed 25th Mar 2009 18:18 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: News?"
diegocg Member since:
2005-07-08

So what? This is osnews. People WANTS to know about kernel releases.

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RE[4]: News?
by dvzt on Wed 25th Mar 2009 18:26 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: News?"
dvzt Member since:
2008-10-23

Exactly, OS news. I believe this is not news and for people interrested in kernel and distribution releases, there are tons of sites dedicated to Linux.

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