Enterprise Linux Log

Oct 10 2007   9:11AM GMT

Linux 2.6.23


Usually I put on a little party hat and blow up some balloons for days like these, but I missed my alarm this morning and things got a little hectic in the ol’ apartment, or Linux Launch Pad, as I like ot call it.

Onwards and upwards to the news: Linux kernel version 2.6.23 is live and ready for your perusing pleasure.



Yeah, it got delayed, not because of any huge issues, but because of various bugfixes trickling in and causing me to reset my “release clock” all the time. But it’s out there now, and hopefully better for the wait. Not a whole lot of changes since -rc9, although there’s a few updates to mips, sparc64 and blackfin in there. Ignoring those arch updates, there’s basically a number of mostly one-liners (mostly in drivers, but there’s some networking fixes and soem VFS/VM fixes there too).

Shortlog and diffstat appended (both relative to -rc9, of course – the full log from 2.6.22 is on kernel.org as usual).

I want this to be what people look at for a few days, but expect the x86 merge to go ahead after that. So far, all indications are still that it’s going to be all smooth sailing, but hey, those indicators seem to always say that, and only after the fact do people notice any problems.

My my, seems like Linus is a little peeved this morning too. I wonder if he missed his alarm? I bet it’s a penguin. No, a real one.

Linux kernel newbies has a nice summary up today about what’s new in this release (note, it’s been Dugg, so this is a Google cache link):

2.6.23 includes the new, better, fairer CFS process scheduler, a simpler read-ahead mechanism, the lguest ‘Linux-on-Linux’ paravirtualization hypervisor, XEN guest support, KVM smp guest support, variable process argument length, make SLUB the default slab allocator, SELinux protection for exploiting null dereferences using mmap, XFS and ext4 improvements, PPP over L2TP support, the ‘lumpy’ reclaim algorithm, a userspace driver framework, the O_CLOEXEC file descriptor flag, splice improvements, new fallocate() syscall, lock statistics, support for multiqueue network devices, various new drivers and many other minor features and fixes.

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