The current stable 2.6 kernel is 220.127.116.11
, which was announced
on July 15.
The current 2.6 prepatch remains 2.6.13-rc3; a small number of fixes have
accumulated in Linus's git repository since -rc3 came out. Since Linus and
many key developers are in Ottawa for the kernel summit (see below) and the
Ottawa Linux Symposium, activity has been relatively subdued.
The current -mm kernel is 2.6.13-rc3-mm1. Recent changes
to -mm include the addition of the class-based kernel resource management (CKRM)
patches, a number of fixes, and a set of patches marked "Futz with
header files, waste much time."
Since your editor is in Ottawa as well, the Kernel Page will be relatively
small this week. It will return to normal next week. Meanwhile, the slides from the "2.6 Kernel Roadmap" OLS
talk have been posted for the curious.
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Jiffies are here to stay, and they are here to stay for some very
very fundamental reasons. If you hear somebody arguing for removing
jiffies, you should piss in their general direction, and realize
that they don't know what they are talking about.
-- Linus Torvalds
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The 2005 version of the invitation-only Linux Kernel Developers' Summit was
held on July 18 and 19 in Ottawa. The following are LWN editor
Jonathan Corbet's notes from the discussion.
July 18 sessions:
- The processor panel, being a
discussion between the kernel developers and processor architects from
AMD, IBM, and Intel.
- I/O Buses, and I/O memory management
units in particular.
- Virtual memory topics, including
fragmentation, response to memory pressure, and scalability.
- ExecShield; Red Hat's security patches
which have only partially been merged into the mainline.
- Virtualization, and how the kernel can
better support it.
- The virtual filesystem, and various
topics related to the VFS.
July 19 (Tuesday) sessions:
- The hardware vendors' panel, on the
impedance mismatch between the kernel development community and
- Report from the networking summit
which was held before the kernel event.
- The convergence of storage and network
paths; how do you ensure safe operation when distinction between
the networking and block subsystems blurs?
- Clustering: a brief report from the
clustering summit held two weeks before in Germany.
- RAS tools, being mostly a discussion
of the recently merged kexec and kdump capabilities.
- Realtime capabilities, a look at the
various proposals for implementing realtime response with Linux.
- The kernel and the Linux desktop; a
report from the Desktop Developers' Conference.
- A report from the power management
summit, contributed by Pat Mochel. Pat also led the session at
the Kernel Summit on power management. The one thing that session
added which is not in Pat's report: Linus took the power management
developers to task for focusing on suspend-to-disk capabilities, when,
he says, what everybody wants is suspend-to-RAM. The latter is
complicated, however, by the usual video adapter difficulties.
- The kernel development process, with
an emphasis on how the community could produce kernels with fewer
The group photo is available in medium
resolution (1024 pixels) and full
resolution (3072 pixels) formats.
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