Under clever headers like “current conditions” and “Climatological timeframes (i.e., post-2007)” the Forecast page lays out pretty much all you need to know about the kernel and where it’s going both in the short-term and long-term.
For example, in the “weather events that may never occur” section, we see the Reiser4 file system. This year the project’s lead developer encountered, shall we say, a “setback” (read: murder trial) and as a result the direction of this popular open source file system has become a bit muddled, to say the least.
Long-range forecast: Expect 2.6.24 sometime around the beginning of 2008. Features which may be in this kernel include:
- Group scheduling for the CFS scheduler
- Much improved system memory use profiling
- Dynamic tick support for the x86_64 architecture
It’s all presented in a Wiki format, as is par for the course today with open source sites, and I encourage you guys to check it out.