Linked by Kroc Camen on Thu 25th Dec 2008 07:50 UTC, submitted by diegocg
Linux Heise Open Source provides an extensive breakdown of the innovations present in the latest release of the Linux kernel, announced by Linus Torvalds. This version adds the first version of Ext4 as a stable filesystem, the much-anticipated GPU memory manager which will be the foundation of a renewed graphic stack, support for Ultra Wide Band (Wireless USB, UWB-IP), memory management scalability and performance improvements, a boot tracer, disk shock protection, the phonet network protocol, support of SSD discard requests, transparent proxy support, high-resolution poll()/select()... full Changelog here
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RE[4]: the list is impressive
by akrosdbay on Sun 28th Dec 2008 19:51 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: the list is impressive"
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Your argument misses the point. I'll tell you why. 1.) The Linux Kernel is modular and not monolithic and it comes in a variety of flavours because companies with actual developers use it to fit their needs. This is why today you have a multitude of devices running Linux - probably your also router/cable modem.

The linux kernel is Monolithic. You have no idea what you are talking about. Dynamic loadable modules are available in most modern kernels but they are still monolithic.

In kernel parlance, Monolithic refers to wether the kernel and all of its modules, including device drivers, execute in privileged mode.

You are confusing runtime/compile time binary level implementation with architecture.

The NT kernel is a hybrid kernel.

Your understanding is incorrect. The architecture of linux has nothing to do with its popularity or it being able to run on small memory foot print.

QNX is a microkernel and runs fine on small memory embedded systems.

Edited 2008-12-28 19:53 UTC

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