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See also: last week's Kernel page.
The current kernel release remains 2.2.7. It has been a relatively quiet week for kernel development. Linus kept a pretty low profile and Alan Cox has been off wandering around in Portugal, so not much has happened. Such is life in these stable kernel days.
One of the more interesting things that did happen was the release of an alpha NFSv3 server for the 2.2 kernel series. This release fills in a longstanding gap in Linux's NFS capabilities, and will be highly welcome to a lot of users. Now all that remains is to get people testing the patch and get the inevitable problems ironed out. Even if it does not become an official part of the 2.2 series, there will eventually be a full NFSv3 implementation that can be used with the 2.2 kernel. Congratulations are due to G. Allen Morris and all the others who have worked on this code. See the announcement for a pointer to the patch.
Sound drivers were a subject of conversation this week, spurred by Creative Laboratories' release of a beta driver for their SB Live! card. The presence of a driver is a nice thing, but it is currently a binary-only release, with all of the problems that can bring. There is currently no statement in place as to whether source will eventually be available. The driver can be found on the Creative Linux page.
In response to requests for suggestions on a good Linux sound card, a few people suggested the use of Trident 4DWave-based cards. The word is that these are economical, capable cards with full support via the ALSA sound system.
And, speaking of ALSA (the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture), the project has a new domain. ALSA's web pages (and other resources) are now available at www.alsa-project.org.
There are now two separate sites dedicated to Linux performance tuning information. One has its own domain at tunelinux.com, the other is hosted out of nl.linux.org. Neither is all that long on information at this point. It seems like these folks should get together and make a single, coordinated site.
Universal Serial Bus (USB) support. Last week we mentioned the Linux USB web page as the source for information on USB development for Linux. Two things ganged up on us with this one...
There is a new site devoted to Linux support for token ring networking at www.linuxtr.net. They have started things off with a new alpha driver for IBM PCI token ring cards.
Various patches that came out this week:
A couple of critical articles in the press stirred up discussion this week. For those who have not seen them:
Section Editor: Jon Corbet
May 6, 1999