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[2]: Amazing
by lemur2 on Sun 28th Dec 2008 05:50 UTC in reply to "RE: Amazing"
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"Linux kernel development is breathtaking at best

The play by play (advertised) details sound amazing. But overall, I still get the same feeling that I get when I see "New and improved!", "33% more!", and "33% less fat! 25% fewer calories!" on the labels at the grocery store. If everything is always so amazingly much better, why are we not all living like kings and queens?

Yeah, I think I see Andrew Morton out there quietly furrowing his brow and wondering about the ignored regressions.

FOSS development continues apace. It rolls along at a very healthy pace (compared to the competition) despite the intense efforts of those competitors to stop it or even slow it.

Right now what we seem to have coming in FOSS for early next year is beautiful, functional, stable, robust, secure and best-of-class-performing desktop software:

Desktop software that will run extremely well on even quite modest hardware specifications.

The challenge is to get people to try it, or perhaps even get them to become aware of it.

Small inroads in this direction are starting to be made.

Edited 2008-12-28 05:56 UTC

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