In association with heise online

24 March 2009, 15:26

Steady growth

What's new in Linux 2.6.29

Thorsten Leemhuis

The latest Linux version includes many new file system features and a new framework for controlling graphics hardware, in the form of kernel-based mode setting. New network features allow operation as an access point (WAP) and deliver WiMAX support.

Kernel Log Penguin After eight pre-release versions and, thanks to the holidays and LCA 2009 ( a somewhat extended development phase, Linus Torvalds has now released Linux version 2.6.29. A penguin masked Tasmanian devil called Tuz will stand in as Linux mascot for this release, with the aim of drawing attention to the plight of endangered animals.

As with its predecessors on the main Linux development line, 2.6.29 also includes a whole range of new features. The kernel hackers have included two new file systems, in the form of Btrfs and SquashFS, and have also added new functions and fixed a number of bugs in the still fledgling Ext4 code. Kernel-based mode setting (KMS) promises a flicker-free boot, higher resolution text consoles and the elimination of a number of graphics hardware-related technical problems. 0.jpeg
Tuz, a Tasmanian devil, is temporarily taking over the role of Tux
Source: Linux Kernel: Created by Andrew McGown and Josh Bush
Thanks to improvements in the Mac80211 WLAN stack, the kernel will in future, in conjunction with HostAP, also be able to operate as a wireless access point (WAP). As well as the WiMAX subsystem, including suitable WiMAX drivers, there were also a whole heap of new and extended drivers for a wide range of hardware components, including many new drivers for audio, FireWire, USB and video hardware.

This Kernel Log gives an overview of these and other important new features in Linux 2.6.29. With the many changes to drivers and the subsystems in which they operate, these will ultimately prove of importance even to Linux users who don't otherwise take an interest in the kernel of their Linux distribution.

Next: new file systems, faster start-up

Print Version | Permalink:
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • submit to slashdot
  • StumbleUpon
  • submit to reddit

  • July's Community Calendar

The H Open

The H Security

The H Developer

The H Internet Toolkit