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2.6.31 merge window, week 1

2.6.31 merge window, week 1

Posted Jun 18, 2009 10:57 UTC (Thu) by iznogood (guest, #51845)
Parent article: 2.6.31 merge window, week 1

Don't get me wrong but so far this seems like the most boring kernel release in the last 2-3 years. With the exception of TTM and ATI KMS most of the changes look like internal reorganization. Lets see whats coming next week.

Also whats happening in rt land ?? What about threaded interrupt handlers or preemptible spinlocks ??


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YMMV as usual

Posted Jun 18, 2009 11:51 UTC (Thu) by khim (subscriber, #9252) [Link]

As was already pointed out CUSE means it's first kernel usable for real-word hardware and real world programs in a long-long-long time. Five years? Seven years? Something like that...

Sure, some things are more exciting then others but just because you can not find anything to be excited about does not mean it's boring...

YMMV as usual

Posted Jun 20, 2009 12:42 UTC (Sat) by sbergman27 (guest, #10767) [Link]

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As was already pointed out CUSE means it's first kernel usable for real-word hardware and real world programs in a long-long-long time. Five years? Seven years? Something like that...
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What?!

Easy: OSS emulation

Posted Jun 20, 2009 13:21 UTC (Sat) by khim (subscriber, #9252) [Link]

Real-world programs (Acrobat Reader, Quake, Skype, etc) do use OSS. Today's real-world hardware does not have hardware mixer - and that means without CUSE there are no way to use these programs and keep all dekstop sound effects players and other things around. Looks like FOSS developers are slowly learn that "just use never version and/or recompile it" is not an acceptable answer to compatibility problems. I've written about it before

Easy: OSS emulation

Posted Jun 20, 2009 14:22 UTC (Sat) by sbergman27 (guest, #10767) [Link]

So you have an old sound card somewhere that CUSE helps in some way when used with certain proprietary software.

Sure, some things are more boring than others. But just because you've found something, contrived as it may be, to get excited about does not mean it's exciting to others.

I'm not taking a position as to whether this kernel is shaping up to be "boring" or not. To me it's just another kernel development cycle. One of many in a long line of them. It's the cumulative progress that matters.

2.6.31 merge window, week 1

Posted Jun 18, 2009 13:54 UTC (Thu) by tajyrink (subscriber, #2750) [Link]

All us Phoronix / graphics junkies are bouncing with joy of being able to try out KMS / TTM on Radeon using Linus' kernel, so it's not a small thing.

Now if R600/R700 KMS support + Nouveau KMS would get in 2.6.32, things would get exciting.


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