The current 2.6 development kernel is 2.6.27-rc6, released on September 9.
There have been numerous fixes merged into the mainline since 2.6.27-rc6,
but with many kernel hackers including Linus off at the Kernel Summit, that
may delay -rc7
No stable kernel releases have been made over the last
week. 220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168 were both released
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Given that filesystem designers seem to love nit-picking tiny details,
and I am personally starting to lose patience, if the fiemap patches
stalls any further, my plan is to take a page from the XFS playbook and
simply take the ext4-fiemap patch and implement an ext4-specific ioctl.
If and when the linux-fsdevel community manages come to consensus on the
fiemap patches, whether it happens in 2.6.28 or Linux 2.6.87, it will be
easy enough to wire the ext4 support to the generic fiemap ioctl.
-- Ted Ts'o
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The 2008 Linux Kernel Summit was held September 15 and 16 in
Portland, Oregon, immediately prior to the Linux Plumbers Conference. At
this invitation-only meeting, some 80 developers discussed a number of
issues relevant to the kernel and its future development. The following
reports were written by Jonathan Corbet, who attended the event and was a
member of its program committee.
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The sessions held on the first day were:
- Linux 3.0: should the developers
do a Linux 3.0 release with a focus on dumping older, unneeded code?
- Minisummit reports: reports from
gatherings of power management, wireless networking, and containers
- When should drivers be merged? A
wide-ranging discussion on the trade-offs between getting drivers into
the kernel quickly and waiting until they are up to kernel coding
- Filesystem and block layer
interaction; what contemporary file systems need to be able to get
the most out of storage devices.
- Cross-subsystem issues; how do we
evolve subsystems which are heavily used by several other parts of the
- Tools, and the new Patchwork tool in
- Bootstrap code. Why does every
distributor throw together its own initrd/initramfs code, and can that
situation be improved?
- Kernel quality and release process,
various discussions on how to produce better kernels and a
near-decision to move to a one-week merge window.
The closing party (which was also the Linux Plumbers Conference opening
party) was the venue chosen for the annual election of members to the Linux
Foundation's Technical Advisory Board. The move out of the regular kernel
summit sessions was intended to allow a wider group of people to
participate in the election. It would appear to have been successful in
that regard; there were record numbers of both candidates and voters. The
board members elected this time around were James Bottomley, Kristen
Carlson Accardi, Chris Mason, Dave Jones, Chris Wright, and Christoph
Hellwig. Christoph was elected to a one-year term; all of the others will
serve two-year terms.
Next year's kernel summit is currently scheduled for October 18 to 20
in Tokyo, Japan.
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