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24 March 2009, 11:52

Linux 2.6.29 released

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Tuz, a Tasmanian devil, is temporarily taking over the role of Tux
Source: The Linux kernel: created by Andrew McGown and Josh Bush
After thirteen weeks development and 8 pre-release versions, Linus Torvalds has released Linux version 2.6.29. The new release sees the arrival of Tuz, a penguin masked Tasmanian Devil, for this release only, as the logo. More significant changes include the arrival of Btrfs and the new Squashfs file systems and improvements in the Ext4 file system to allow it to run without a journal. A flicker free start up, text consoles in high resolution and better graphics hardware handling are promised by Kernel based Mode Setting (KMS).

Wi-Fi users will find improvements in the Mac80211 stack allow it to operate as an access point, while a newly arrived WiMAX subsystem and drivers expands the supported wireless technology in Linux. As always, there are also many new and improved drivers for various hardware components.

The H's Kernel Log has a complete overview of the changes in the feature "Steady growth - What's new in Linux 2.6.29". For those looking for even more detail, as always. The H's Kernel Log has tracked the development of 2.6.29, and the What's New in 2.6.29 series of articles cover specific areas of development.


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