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Kernel release status

The current development kernel is 2.6.36-rc1, released (without announcement) on August 15. A number of patches have been merged since last week's merge window summary; see below for the most significant of them. Overall, the headline additions to 2.6.36 look to be the AppArmor security module, a new suspend mechanism which might - or might not - address the needs of the Android project, the LIRC infrared controller driver suite, a new out-of-memory killer, and the fanotify hooks for anti-malware applications. The full changelog is available for those who want all the details.

A handful of patches have been merged since 2.6.36-rc1; they include parts of the VFS scalability patch set by Nick Piggin. We'll take a closer look at those patches for next week's edition.

Stable updates: The 2.6.27.51, 2.6.32.19, 2.6.34.4, and 2.6.35.2 updates were released on August 13. Greg notes that the 2.6.34 updates are coming to an end, with only one more planned. There is another 2.6.27 update in the review process as of this writing; the future of 2.6.27 updates appears to be short as well, given that Greg can no longer boot such old kernels on any hardware in his possession.

Previously, the 2.6.27.50, 2.6.32.18, 2.6.34.3, and 2.6.35.1 updates came out on August 10.


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