In a widely anticipated move, Linux "headcase" Torvalds today announced
the immediate availability of the most advanced Linux kernel to date,
Before downloading the actual new kernel, most avid kernel hackers have
been involved in a 2-hour pre-kernel-compilation count-down, with some
even spending the preceding week doing typing exercises and reciting PI
to a thousand decimal places.
The half-time entertainment is provided by randomly inserted trivial
syntax errors that nerds are expected to fix at home before completing
the compile, but most people actually seem to mostly enjoy watching the
compile warnings, sponsored by Anheuser-Busch, scroll past.
As ICD head analyst Walter Dickweed put it: "Releasing a new kernel on
Superbowl Sunday means that the important 'pasty white nerd'
constituency finally has something to do while the rest of the country
sits comatose in front of their 65" plasma screens".
Walter was immediately attacked for his racist and insensitive remarks
by Geeks without Borders representative Marilyn vos Savant, who pointed
out that not all of their members are either pasty nor white. "Some of
them even shower!" she added, claiming that the constant stereotyping
hurts nerds' standing in society.
Geeks outside the US were just confused about the whole issue, and were
heard wondering what the big hoopla was all about. Some of the more
culturally aware of them were heard snickering about balls that weren't
Shortlog since 2.6.20-rc7. Fixes, fixes.
There's a full ChangeLog together with the tar-ball and patches, but let
me just summarize it as: "A lot of stuff. All over. And KVM."
I tried rather hard to make 2.6.20 largely a "stabilization release".
Unlike a lot of kernels lately, there aren't really any big fundamental
changes to some core infrastructure area, and while we always have bugs, I
really am hoping that we fixed many more than we introduced.
Have fun. And remember: the thousandth decimal is, of course, 9. There
*will* be a test on this afterwards.
Adrian Bunk (1):
[NETFILTER]: nf_conntrack_h323: fix compile error with CONFIG_IPV6=m, CONFIG_NF_CONNTRACK_H323=y
Al Viro (12):
fix frv headers_check
mca_nmi_hook() can be called at any point
ide section fixes
endianness bug: ntohl() misspelled as >> 24 in fh_verify().
fork_idle() should be __cpuinit, not __devinit
__crc_... is intended to be absolute
efi_set_rtc_mmss() is not __init
sanitize sections for sparc32 smp
radio modems sitting on serial port are not for s390
uml-i386: fix build breakage with CONFIG_HIGHMEM
pata_atiixp: propogate cable detection hack from drivers/ide to the new driver
pata_via: Correct missing comments
libata: Fix ata_busy_wait() kernel docs
Andrew Morton (2):
pci: remove warning messages
revert blockdev direct io back to 2.6.19 version
Auke Kok (1):
e100: fix napi ifdefs removing needed code
Avi Kivity (1):
KVM: fix lockup on 32-bit intel hosts with nx disabled in the bios
Bartlomiej Zolnierkiewicz (1):
via82cxxx: fix typo ("cx7000" should be corrected to "cx700")
Bob Breuer (1):
[SPARC32]: Fix over-optimization by GCC near ip_fast_csum.
Brian King (1):
libata: Initialize nbytes for internal sg commands
David C Somayajulu (1):
[SCSI] qla4xxx: bug fixes
Evgeniy Dushistov (1):
MAINTAINERS: ufs entry
FrÃ©dÃ©ric Riss (1):
EFI x86: pass firmware call parameters on the stack
Guillaume Chazarain (1):
procfs: Fix listing of /proc/NOT_A_TGID/task
Haavard Skinnemoen (1):
Remove email@example.com from MAINTAINERS
Jean Delvare (1):
via quirk update
Jeff Garzik (1):
x86-64: define dma noncoherent API functions
Jens Osterkamp (1):
spidernet : fix memory leak in spider_net_stop
John Keller (1):
Altix: more ACPI PRT support
Kai Makisara (1):
[SCSI] st: A MTIOCTOP/MTWEOF within the early warning will cause the file number to be incorrect
Ken Chen (1):
aio: fix buggy put_ioctx call in aio_complete - v2
Lars Immisch (1):
[NETFILTER]: SIP conntrack: fix skipping over user info in SIP headers
Li Yewang (1):
[IPV6]: fix BUG of ndisc_send_redirect()
Linus Torvalds (3):
Revert "[PATCH] mm: micro optimise zone_watermark_ok"
Revert "[PATCH] fix typo in geode_configre()@cyrix.c"
Magnus Damm (1):
kexec: Avoid migration of already disabled irqs (ia64)
Matthew Wilcox (1):
[SCSI] Fix scsi_add_device() for async scanning
Michael Chan (1):
[BNX2]: PHY workaround for 5709 A0.
Mike Frysinger (1):
alpha: fix epoll syscall enumerations
Nagendra Singh Tomar (1):
[SCSI] sd: udev accessing an uninitialized scsi_disk field results in a crash
Neil Horman (1):
[IPV6]: Fix up some CONFIG typos
Patrick McHardy (5):
[NETFILTER]: xt_connbytes: fix division by zero
[NETFILTER]: SIP conntrack: fix out of bounds memory access
[NETFILTER]: xt_hashlimit: fix ip6tables dependency
[NET_SCHED]: act_ipt: fix regression in ipt action
[NETFILTER]: ctnetlink: fix compile failure with NF_CONNTRACK_MARK=n
Peter Korsgaard (1):
net/smc911x: match up spin lock/unlock
Randy Dunlap (2):
[MAINTAINERS]: netfilter@ is subscribers-only
sysrq: showBlockedTasks is sysrq-W
Tejun Heo (1):
ahci/pata_jmicron: fix JMicron quirk
Vlad Yasevich (1):
[SCTP]: Force update of the rto when processing HB-ACK
Monday, February 05, 2007
Linux Kernel 2.6.20 Released
"After two months of development, Linux 2.6.20 has been released. This release includes two different virtualization implementations: KVM: full-virtualization capabilities using Intel/AMD virtualization extensions and a paravirtualization implementation usable by different hypervisors. Additionally, 2.6.20 includes PS3 support, a fault injection debugging feature, UDP-lite support, better per-process IO accounting, relative atime, relocatable x86 kernel, some x86 microoptimizations, lockless radix-tree readside, shared pagetables for hugetbl, and many other things. Read the list of changes for more details."