Linux Kernel 2.6.34 tracking
Linux 2.6.34 has begun development and, on this page, The H will be linking to all the news and articles relating to the features of the new kernel.
- Kernel Log: Linux 2.6.34 goes into testing
Linus Torvalds has released the first RC of Linux 2.6.34 and completed the integration of the next version of the kernel's most important changes. Improvements include graphics drivers for recent Radeon GPUs and for the graphics cores of some Intel processors that are only expected to be released early next year. Another new addition is the LogFS solid-state storage file system.
- Kernel Log: Ceph file system in 2.6.34, kernel and KVM presentations at the CLT2010
Linus Torvalds has integrated the Ceph distributed network file system and released the second release candidate of 2.6.34. Torvalds intends to vary the length of the merge window from now on. Slides of the presentations at the Chemnitz Linux Days provide background information about kernel and KVM topics. Ubuntu has been given an AMD graphics driver which cooperates with series 1.7 X Servers.
- Kernel Log: Coming in 2.6.34 (Part 1) - Network support
Expected for release in May, Linux kernel version 2.6.34 contains several new network drivers and various advancements designed to improve network performance or increase network configuration flexibility, which will particularly impact virtualisation.
- Kernel Log: Coming in 2.6.34 (Part 2) - File Systems
Version 2.6.34 of the Linux kernel will be the first to support the Ceph and LogFS file systems. A number of changes to the Btrfs and XFS code promise improved performance. The kernel support for drives with 4 KB logical sectors has been improved.
- Kernel Log: Coming in 2.6.34 (Part 3) - Graphics
The AMD and Intel graphics drivers now support a wider range of chips and make better use of power saving features on the older chips. A major revamp of the recently introduced KMS driver for NVIDIA graphics hardware means that the Nouveau driver for X.org will in future make use of kernel-based mode setting.
- Kernel Log: New stable kernels and drivers
While new stable kernel releases seem to have become somewhat less frequent, they now include more changes. Although the most recent version of AMD's proprietary graphics drivers finally work with X Server 1.7, NVIDIA's drivers already work with version 1.8. Videos of the Linux Audio Conference and the Collaboration Summit provide insights into audio and kernel topics.
- Kernel Log: Coming in 2.6.34 (Part 4): Architecture and Virtualisation
Faster suspend and resume, better utilisation of power saving mechanisms for I/O devices and a range of performance enhancements are just some of the kernel infrastructure changes in Linux 2.6.34.
- Kernel Log: Coming in 2.6.34 (Part 5) - Drivers
Hundreds of new and improved drivers significantly improve the hardware support in the 2.6.34 kernel.