With Linux 3.0 coming up around the corner, I thought it would be good to discuss some (possible) future improvements and additions to the kernel. While this is already in the 2.8 branch (which was created before the official 3.0 was announced), it’ll be interesting to see what is carried over. One of the first things that caught my eyes was not so much a new feature, but a plugin that’s becoming a standard inside of the kernel itself, IPSets.
While I have not used this personally, I can see a lot of benefits of doing so, and will report back on results after installing the module and seeing how beneficial it is to my home network. If all goes according to plan, this will be based on both Arch Linux and Ubuntu, latest releases for both.
You can visit the official homepage of ipset here: http://ipset.netfilter.org/