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Cleaning up before the holidays

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.

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2.6.24-rc4 at last

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…

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Financial Times on Linux’s Worldwide Army

If you haven’t seen today’s Financial Times article on Linux development and the Linux Foundation, take a look.

Alan Cane does a nice job of explaining the rapid rate of change and innovation happening in Linux today:

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-rc2, PID namespaces, and TTM

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.

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Our Response to Microsoft’s Misleading IDC Numbers

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?

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Catching up to 2.6.24

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.

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Pay Pal’s use of Linux

We’re talked quite a bit in the press about how Linux is the platform of choice for .com and Web 2.0 development. Google, Amazon, Facebook and so many of the Internet’s leading applications or services are built on Linux and open source. And why is that?

Matthew Mengerinkm VP of core technologies at Pay Pal lays out some very clear reasons why Linux is the defacto choice in this article on Linux Insider.

He says:

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Small updates

The new GNOME development timeline is up; it predicts a GNOME 2.22 release on March 12. The GNOME entry has been updated accordingly.

The x86 merger has happened, so the miscellaneous topics page has been updated accordingly. While I was at it, I added an entry on KGDB - another attempt to get interactive debugger support into the mainline kernel.

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Good News for Linux Drivers

I’m a little behind in my posts, but I wanted to throw my hat in the ring of cheer for the news that Novell is making Greg KH a fellow and allowing him to work full time on the Linux Driver Project. This really is excellent community support by Novell.

The ever useful Kernel Trap has the story here Internet news has their take (and mine) here.

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gcc 4.2.2

The user space page has been tweaked to reflect Tuesday’s release of of gcc 4.2.2. This is a minor release containing mostly bug fixes; nothing all that exciting to report.

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