Linus Torvalds has announced the release of version 2.6.30 of the Linux kernel. “I’m sure we’ve missed something, and I know we have some regressions pending. At the same time, we do need the coverage of a eral release, and on the whole it looks pretty good. We’ve fixed a few regressions in the last few days, and there’s always 2.6.30.x.” The list of changes is interesting.
A big new feature is the log-structured filesystem NILFS2, which we already discussed earlier on OSNews. NILFS2 also allows you to mount its snapshots in read-only fashion. There are more interesting filesystems in this release, such as preliminary support for NFS 4.1, EXOFS, and FS-Cache.
We also see work to make the kernel boot even faster by using fastboot, which scans storage devices in parallel to the rest of the kernel boot process. We can also add another architecture to the supported list: Microblaze.
The new kernel will find its way to your machine soon enough, but if you can’t wait, then you probably already know where to get the source and compile it. Have fun!