Happy New Year from the Linux Foundation! It’s been an exciting and busy first year for the organization. In the last year we focused on promoting, protecting and standardizing the Linux platform. We’ve seen Linux continue to expand with growth in the server, desktop and mobile areas.
Linux Foundation Partners with Chinese OSS Promotion Union to Host Linux Developer Symposium in Beijing
February 2008 Symposium Will Bring Key Linux Leaders Together with 300 Chinese Developers
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 17, 2007 – The Linux Foundation (LF), the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced an agreement with the Chinese OSS Promotion Union (COPU), to jointly host the Linux Developer Symposium in Beijing, China, February 19 – 20, 2008.
Brian Pawlowski, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Network Appliance and LF board member, recently interviewed Jim Zemlin, ED of the Linux Foundation, on his excellent blog “On the Edge”. Brian is a thoughtful guy and gets Jim to discuss the LF, our focus and the weather in San Francisco (not to mention parking tickets, a frequent topic at our office.)
This is a relatively slow time of year for kernel development (not too surprisingly), so there have not been a great many updates to the forecast pages. Expect things to pick up in January. Meanwhile, I did catch up to the 2.6.24-rc6 release.
And yes, speaking of January… my prediction that 2.6.24 would come out “around the end of the year” may still prove to be strictly correct, but it was, nonetheless, a bit on the optimistic side. So now I’m saying it will be out in January, which should be safe.
Linus took almost three weeks to get 2.6.24-rc4 out - the 2.6.24 process has, in general, been quite slow-moving this way. Normal practice is to try to get -rc releases out once per week. It only took me two days to update the corresponding forecast page, so I feel like I’m doing pretty well. The Btrfs entry has also seen minor updates - version 0.9 just came out. Things are getting better there, Btrfs almost doesn’t crash when the disk gets full…
Time for a few basic updates, starting with a somewhat belated acknowledgment that 2.6.24-rc2 is out. Now that I’ve caught up, expect Linus to release -rc3 just about any time.
PID namespaces continue to present complicated issues - it’s hard to present a coherent view of the system while simultaneously putting up walls between groups of processes. The result is that the PID namespace code may well not be available in 2.6.24, even though it will be present in the tree. I’ve added pointers to a couple of articles explaining why.
Peter Galli printed a fair article questioning Microsoft’s slicing and dicing of raw IDC numbers.
Here is the full text of my response to his original article:
Fundamentally this particular study will over-count Windows share and undercount Linux. Al Gillen at IDC, who we have a lot of respect for, says this himself in your article. Why is Linux so under-counted in this research?
The first 2.6.24 prepatch is out, signaling the closing of the merge window. So I have gone and tweaked things all over the Weather Forecast pages to match the new reality. The summary on the main page now shows the highlights of 2.6.24, and various other entries have been changed to reflect what happened during the merge window. In particular I quietly changed the predicted merge dates for all the stuff which I thought would get into this kernel, but didn’t.