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Kernel prepatch 3.11-rc1

Linus has announced the 3.11-rc1 release and the closure of the merge window for this development cycle. "Ignoring the lustre merge, I think this really was a somewhat calmer merge window. We had a few trees with problems, and we have an on-going debate about stable patches that was triggered largely thanks to this merge window, so now we'll have something to discuss for the kernel summit. But on the whole, I suspect we might be starting to see the traditional summer slump (Australia notwithstanding)." This release, alas, also has a new codename: "Linux for Workgroups."
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Kernel prepatch 3.11-rc1

Posted Jul 15, 2013 8:48 UTC (Mon) by nix (subscriber, #2304) [Link]

It's not like there was a *choice* about what codename to give it. If he hadn't given it this codename the groan of geeks disappointed by the absence of a potential cute reference would have been audible on the moon.

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Posted Jul 15, 2013 10:04 UTC (Mon) by micka (subscriber, #38720) [Link]

Seriously... Cute ?

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Posted Jul 15, 2013 10:19 UTC (Mon) by BlueLightning (subscriber, #38978) [Link]

> Seriously... Cute ?

Perhaps you would prefer "nostalgic"? ;)

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Posted Jul 15, 2013 11:27 UTC (Mon) by ortalo (subscriber, #4654) [Link]

Linux 3.11 "Audible on the moon": *that* would have been a reference!
(And technically a pretty significant breakthrough given the current absence of atmosphere.)

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Posted Jul 15, 2013 13:48 UTC (Mon) by cesarb (subscriber, #6266) [Link]

Sometimes I wonder whether all Linux geeks migrated to Linux back in the DOS/Win3.x days.

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Posted Jul 15, 2013 14:25 UTC (Mon) by leoc (subscriber, #39773) [Link]

I myself went from DOS to OS/2 to Linux, without stopping at Windows at any point. :)

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Posted Jul 15, 2013 18:35 UTC (Mon) by dlang (subscriber, #313) [Link]

a lot of us "Linux old timers" did. Those who had "real" Unix systems took a lot longer to start using Linux because they already had access to Unix systems that were better than Linux was at the time.

But for those of us on DOS/Windows, Linux was something we could do when we couldn't afford Unix workstations, and to a large extent, we couldn't afford the specific hardware needed to run the *BSD systems, so we fell into Linux and worked through the problems.

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Posted Jul 16, 2013 1:46 UTC (Tue) by jzbiciak (subscriber, #5246) [Link]

I landed in the middle, I think. I started college in 1992, and that was my first experience with UNIX. I had access to AT&T StarServers and 3B2s running SVR4, as well as SPARCstations running SunOS 4.1.x. I got introduced the following fall, and installed SLS 1.03 on my 486 in November '93. I remember when the kernel hit 1.0.

For the next few years, I had access then to two flavors of UNIX and Linux, and used all three in parallel heavily for quite some time. Once I graduated, the company I hired into for was largely a Solaris shop on the engineering side, but I used Linux at home. Eventually, the business switched over to Linux and retired the vast majority of Solaris boxes.

So, I think I can safely say I jumped out of the DOS / Windows world and landed with one foot in UNIX and the other in Linux. The UNIX side gradually faded away, though.

I did briefly try to get FreeBSD to run on my system, but it didn't like my EISA SCSI card. It wasn't worth the effort to make it work when Linux already worked. *shrug*

Kernel prepatch 3.11-rc1

Posted Jul 15, 2013 19:15 UTC (Mon) by dpquigl (guest, #52852) [Link]

I know everyone is hung up on the name of the release but there is a lot of good stuff in there. Particularly we finally merged Labeled NFS support which allows people to use NFSv4 mounts with SELinux just like it was any normal xattr file system. It has a ton of usecases like using SVirt on NFS mounted VMs, NFS mounted home directoried, NFS mounted shares for distributed tasks or web hosting, etc...

Doesn't quite follow the Windows versioning sequence

Posted Jul 15, 2013 20:43 UTC (Mon) by storner (subscriber, #119) [Link]

Windows for Workgroups was released in 1993, followed by Windows 95 in 1995.

Now Linux for Workgroups arrives in 2013, but there was a "Linux'95" back in 1995 (a.k.a. Linux 1.2.0, announced with a license change that caused some keyboard-damage due to coffee-spew).

Yes, I am getting old ...

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Posted Jul 16, 2013 0:27 UTC (Tue) by csamuel (✭ supporter ✭, #2624) [Link]

Only 40 more releases [1] to Linux NT 3.51 :-)

[1] - excluding Linux for Workgroups itself.

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Posted Jul 16, 2013 1:47 UTC (Tue) by jzbiciak (subscriber, #5246) [Link]

Cute logo. Now they need a splash screen. ;-)

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Posted Jul 16, 2013 14:47 UTC (Tue) by lkundrak (subscriber, #43452) [Link]

Plymouth theme anyone? :)

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Posted Jul 16, 2013 22:17 UTC (Tue) by rgmoore (✭ supporter ✭, #75) [Link]

Just a couple of problems with that splash screen. If you're going to say "Copyleft Linus Torvalds", you should use the copyleft symbol rather than copyright, and you should use "Some Rights Reserved" rather than "All Rights Reserved".

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Posted Jul 16, 2013 6:31 UTC (Tue) by leews (guest, #4690) [Link]

Well, amazingly, I missed that reference. I should have included it, but I thought it was already bad enough...back in 2011.

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