The flow of patches into the mainline repository continues at a high rate,
with a few thousand of them having been merged since last week's summary
. The most
significant of these are (starting with the user-visible changes):
- The GFS2 cluster
filesystem has been merged at last; it includes its own
distributed lock manager implementation.
- New drivers: MCS7840 USB port devices. ELAN U132 USB controllers,
ELAN Uxxx USB-to-PCMCIA adapters, Playstation 2 "Trance" vibrator
devices, the VIA VT1211 Super-I/O chip, AMD K8 CPU temperature
monitors, Philips TDA10086 and TDA826x tuner devices, DiBcom
DiB0700-based USB bridges, Hauppauge Nova-T 500 tuners, TI Flash Media
PCI74xx and PCI76xx host adapters, QUICC Engine communications
coprocessors, and HP Quicksilver AGP GARTs.
- The NFS server code has a number of improvements, including the
ability to do I/O in much larger chunks over TCP connections.
- eCryptfs, an encrypting
filesystem, has gone in.
End-to-End Tunnel (BEET) mode support has been added to the IPSec
- A USB gadget driver which connects the gadget interface to the ALSA
MIDI subsystem. The purpose is to allow a system to appear as a
USB-connected MIDI streaming device.
- POSIX access control lists are now available in the tmpfs filesystem.
- If a string with the form |program is written to
/proc/sys/kernel/core_pattern, all core dumps will be piped
to the given program instead of being written to disk.
- Some of the early containers patches have gone in, including separate
namespaces for utsname information and SYSV IPC objects.
- The BSD secure level security module has been removed.
- The "floppy tape" subsystem has been marked for removal in 2.6.20; it
is unmaintained, probably has no active users, and its 1.6GB storage
capacity looks rather quaint in current times. Anybody who actually
has worthwhile data on this medium probably should have copied it to
something newer some time ago.
Changes visible to kernel developers include:
As of this writing the merge window has not yet closed, so chances are that
more significant changes could yet find their way into 2.6.19.
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