The current 2.6 prepatch is 2.6.19-rc1
on October 4,
several milliseconds after last week's Kernel Page was published. For a
summary of changes, see this
and this one
the last two weeks. Highlights include the parallel ATA driver set
, labeled networking
and CIPSO security, a few new architectures, lots of new drivers, the GFS2 cluster filesystem
, and large numbers of
changelog has the details - but, since we're talking about almost 5000
patches from over 600 contributors, it's best to have a lot of time on
one's hands. The short-form changelog is
somewhat more compact, but still lengthy.
At this point in the process, patches going into the mainline repository
are supposed to be confined to fixes. Many of them are, but Linus has
merged a few other significant changes, including, as predicted, the interrupt handler prototype
change, which has caused changes throughout the tree. There is a new
epoll_pwait() system call which takes an additional signal mask
parameter, and the venerable (but long-unused)
<linux/config.h> include file has been removed at last.
Also merged is the developmental ext4 filesystem, which includes a number of enhancements,
including support for extents and 48-bit block numbers.
See the ext4 documentation file if you are
interested in playing with ext4 (and have good backups).
The current -mm tree is 2.6.19-rc1-mm1. Recent changes
to -mm include the addition of ext4 (which promptly moved on into the
mainline), continued work on the swap token mechanism, a generic
log2() implementation, and the dynamic tick patch.
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