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Linux 2.6.0 Kernel Released

simoniker posted more than 10 years ago | from the happy-happy-joy-joy dept.

Operating Systems 837

thenextpresident writes "It's here! Just updated on kernel.org, the Linux 2.6.0 kernel has finally arrived! We've been waiting a long time for this, and it had been rumored it was going to be released tonight. Well, it's here indeed. Happy downloading." There's also a changelog online for this long-awaited update.

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GNAA Announces responsibility for kernel backdoor (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7751005)

GNAA Announces responsibility for kernel backdoor
By Tim Copperfield
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Right... (-1, Redundant)

ObviousGuy (578567) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751007)

Because we all need the new features..

Also in the news. (-1, Troll)

xeeno (313431) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751035)

It is after 10:00 CST.

2.6.0 post? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7751010)

really???

I for one. (-1, Redundant)

Worldly Iconoclast (724498) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751012)

I for one welcome our computer programming overlords. I know, I suck.

A Recipe For Junis (-1)

RecipeTroll (572375) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751015)

A Recipe for Junis

Pilaus, rice and meat dishes, are central to any Afghani dinners and I was very interested in trying one. I found several recipes for Qaubili Pilau but chose the original one below because it seemed rather simple. It was pretty good, a dish that certainly grows on you as you keep eating it. It is also a beautiful looking dish, and one that will likely impress your guests.

The original recipe claims to be for 6-8 people. While this may be so if served as part of a Dastarkhan (an Afghani banquet), it will probably serve no more than 4 if served as a main or only dish. In my version I increased the amount of meat that it calls for - if you use beef or chicken, you probably will need to use less, but lamb is very fatty and not much remains when you trim it of all the outside fat. I also reduced the amount of oil it calls for, but it is still a very fattenning dish. I forewent the optional blanched almonds because I didn't feel like making them, but I think they would have added a nice, crunchy element to the dish. I changed a little the amount of spices required and added garam masala, which I saw as an ingredient in other variations of this recipe.

Original Qaubili Pilau Recipe from RecipeTroll

Ingredients:
1/4 cup olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced
2 lbs lamb
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. ground cardamon
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. garam masala
1 tsp. salt
2 cups water.

1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 carrots
1 tsp. sugar
1 cup raisins
1 cup blanched almonds

2 cups basmati rice
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. saffron
1 cup water

Directions:
In a heavy pot, fry the onions until golden brown. Cut the lamb into bite-size cubes and add to the onions. Add salt and spices. Add water. Mix well, cover and cook until the lamb is done.

Meanwhile cut the carrots into toothpick-size pieces. Fry them on vegetable oil with sugar until tender. Remove from oil. Add raisins to the oil and fry until they swell up. Remove from the oil. Add almonds to the oil and brown. Remove and set aside.

Once the lamb is done, remove from the water and set aside. Add rice to the remaining lamb stock. Add salt and water. Boil until the rice is done, about 20 minutes.

Once the rice is done, remove from the pot and put it on a oven-save caserole. Place lamb on top of the rice, cover and cook on 300 degrees for about 20'.

Serve by placing the lamb on a serving plate, covering it with the rice, and topping it with the carrots, raisins and almonds.

Yay! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7751089)

The return of one of my favourite trolls! And just in time for the holidays. Hope you have some seasonal delights lined up for us?

Just in time (3, Funny)

glomph (2644) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751021)

For the Longhorn release, coming soon!

NOT OT (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7751159)

It seems that the MS world is always comparing an OS from 3 years away to a kernel that was developed 3 years (6 years difference).
When longhorn comes out, 2.6 will be nearing its' EOL.

Yay (2, Interesting)

jason.mitchell (711646) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751022)

Why is 2.4 gone from kernel.org?

copyright violations (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7751068)

copyright violations

Re:Yay (2, Interesting)

Kourino (206616) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751084)

Buggy front page scripts, my guess. After all, the latest stable version was 2.4.xx for a long time, so just give hpa a little bit to make a shiny new "The latest 2.4.x release of the kernel is: " row.

Re:Yay (1)

sloanster (213766) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751144)

(shrug) - I just checked and 2.4 is still there as it has been all along - downloading 2.6.0 right now, going to give it a whirl - now that 2.6 is officially released, hopefully the 2.6 nvidia drivers will be here soon - much great 3D fps fragging awaits!

Lunix now almost as usable as WINDOWS 95!!! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7751027)

Ah yes, a banner day!

This is the patch that makes Lunix almost as usable as Windows 95!!

Hmmm, no actually this patch doesn't seem to do much of anything except keep nerds running in their little cages, like squirrels.

Oh well. Still waiting on the next patch, then.

Beaver with.. (-1, Troll)

yebb (142883) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751028)

chickenpox

HA HAH! (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7751029)

[23:21] http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=03/12/18/041820 5&mode=nested&tid=106&tid=185&tid= 190 the sound you just heard was half a million geeks all orgasming at once!

Re:HA HAH! (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7751101)

Followed by a loud collective "What just happened??"

Re:HA HAH! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7751136)

Damn! Now I've gotta clean my keyboard again!

I've been (4, Informative)

asit+ler (688945) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751030)

I've been using 2.6.0-test11 for some time now, and find it quite stable and satisfactory.

Seems this fixes a few bugs, and beefs up Wireless support. Sweet. Can't wait till we start seeing this in "production systems".

Re:I've been (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7751128)

You're a "stupid fuck".

Re:I've been (-1, Troll)

asit+ler (688945) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751141)

"So are you".

Asshat.

In before (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7751033)

the SLASHDOTTING! :) It's nice to transfer from kernel.org at 150K a sec.

(insert greased up yoda doll and hot grits comments here)

w00t! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7751034)

w00t!

Darl Corrects Linus on Copyright Law (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7751040)

ITWorld.com has a rebuttal by Darl McBride to Linus Torvalds's latest FUD on copyrights and Open Source. In a nutshell Linus states "GNU asserts that the GPL, under which Linux is distributed, violates the United States Constitution and the U.S. copyright and patent laws" and Darl points out that "the notion that the GPL has, of "exchange of receipt of copyrighted works," is actually explicitly encoded in U.S. copyright law". With Darl of course providing a link allowing the reader to see the law for themselves.

Like usual... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7751044)

Like usual, osnews.com [osnews.com] beat you to it.

Hi Eugenia! (-1, Offtopic)

Wheaty18 (465429) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751074)

Merry Christmas to you too!

Mirror =) (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7751045)

http://lug.mtu.edu/linux/kernel/

Re:Mirror =) (4, Funny)

jon787 (512497) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751093)

http://lug.mtu.edu/linux/kernel/

Peter is going to kill you, our poor server.....

LotR:RotK + Kernel = Early Christmas (4, Funny)

thenextpresident (559469) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751050)

Wow, Lord of the Rings and 2.6 Kernel released on the same day? This just shows the dedication the Linux developers have. To not go see the movie and to work to release the kernel. My hats are off to these guys. They have gone above and beyond the call of duty.

Re:LotR:RotK + Kernel = Early Christmas (1)

StarTux (230379) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751126)

How do you know Linus did not release this before or after seeing LOTR:RotK? Or even during...

StarTux

Re:LotR:RotK + Kernel = Early Christmas (5, Funny)

chunkwhite86 (593696) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751135)

Lord of the Rings and 2.6 Kernel released on the same day

Argh! What to do? What to do??? See LotR or build the kernel? See LotR or build the kernel??? I'm stuck in an infinite look! Argh! Does not compute! Ack! Out of memory error!! Blthlt!

Shit, my brain just dumped core.

Don't forget Mac OS X 10.3.2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7751140)

LOTR 3.0
Linux 2.6
Mac OS X 10.3.2

all on the same day.

Weird.

Re:LotR:RotK + Kernel = Early Christmas (5, Funny)

QuasiCoLtd (727325) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751164)

Duh, they had it done a week ago, however they chose today to release it in a cunning plan to make geeks stay home so the developers wouldn't have to wait in line. Clever bastards......

Re:LotR:RotK + Kernel = Early Christmas (2, Funny)

KFK - Wildcat (512842) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751167)

Your own dedication to the /. community is also remarkable : posting comments instead of going to see RoTK is a hard sacrifice :)

Save the mirrors! Use bittorrent! (5, Informative)

algeliten (733634) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751051)

Got a torrent of it for ya'll:

Linux 2.6.0 final (tar.bz2) [alge.nlc.no]

sco (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7751054)

My god. Now SCO will have to update all of their lawsuits!

ide-scsi (3, Informative)

root:DavidOgg (133514) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751055)

Kiss ide-scsi goodbye!

The truth and the word (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7751056)

Word!

The features of 1999 just in time for 2k4.. Word!

Cool (2, Interesting)

alpha713 (701963) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751058)

I must admit I have been looking forward to this, I have been running all the tests from about 3 onwards and am quite happy already with the level of test11. On the other hand now that its stable maybe we will see some distros that come with it as standard. Now that will be a good thing.

Slackware (4, Informative)

pcbob (67069) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751092)

Distros like Slackware 9.1 are already 2.6 ready - meaning just plug 2.6 in and it should work! The only reason why kernel 2.6 wasn't included is, well, that it wasn't released until now :)

Yea (1)

fmlug.org (695374) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751059)

Thank you Santa, I mean Linus, this is the best Christmas present ever. God bless everyone, except Billy boy gates I hear he hasnt been that good this year.

H0T PRET33N L0L1TA S1 0N T3H 5P0KE! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7751060)

I'm a student of Darwin. I believe that we should stop supporting such
obviously inferior countries as those found on the african continent and let them self-destruct without
intervention. It's Nature's way. The US, et al, seem to think that if they
dump enough money into this dodo-bird of a continent that it will somehow
recover, but the truth is that we're only delaying the inevitable. Instead, use the money to help developing countries that at
least have a chance of succeeding, like those found in SE Asia.

Also, once the dodo bird is dead, we can use the newly-empty continent to
store our garbage and nuclear waste in. It's a win-win situation!

-- The_Messenger

In Mother Russia... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7751064)

...they actually use Linux. poor bastards. get it? poor, cause you don't need 199$ for an OS. HAHAHHAA. stalin rules! ::-end transmission-::

So what is new? (2, Interesting)

angry_beaver (458910) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751065)

Can somebody please save me from reading the entire changelog? I just want to know the major differences between 2.4.x and 2.6.x.

Please save me! I'm lazy :)

Re:So what is new? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7751098)

2 best imporvements in my eyes:

ditching of ide-scsi (no more scsi emulation required to burn cds!)

deprication of OSS in favor of Alsa! Better sound support!

There's more, but those are my top 2 (running a desktop system here, no server)

Re:So what is new? (5, Informative)

Kourino (206616) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751110)

Read Dave Jones' "post-Halloween documents". You'll have to read them from backups [linux.org.uk] , since the host davej's website is usually on recently suffered some sort of catastrophic hardware failure.

Re:So what is new? (1)

deaddeng (63515) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751112)

Nothing, aparently.

Anyone care to share desktop impressions? What is the BIG reason to run this kernel if you are a linux desktop user with standard hardware. Speed? Stability? Security?

Re:So what is new? (5, Informative)

petabyte (238821) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751129)

Thats a bit of a long list. New scheduler, pre-emption for the kernel, some new drivers, ALSA is the default for sound in this version. You can burn cd's without ide-scsi. devfs is now deprecated in favor of udev (which is roughtly the same thing but userspace as opposed to devfs's kernelspace). sysfs is also new in 2.6 which adds some information mounted in /sys. I hear firewire support is much improved as well and many other things I'm probably forgetting.

To the end user (me) 2.6 is much faster than 2.4 both in boot time and while operation. Kudos to all of the developers :). Now you'll have to excuse me while I reboot.

Re:So what is new? (5, Informative)

ninkendo84 (577928) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751157)

http://www.kniggit.net/wwol26.html

This is a great place to start. It's very comprehensive, and a worthy read.

But if you really want a ultra-summed-up explination, 2.6 has 63.8% more kickassedness than 2.4 does. That and ALSA support built in.

DAMMIT! Cmd Taco and Cliff!! (4, Funny)

Billly Gates (198444) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751066)

I just started downloading this about 5 minutes ago and went from 174k/sec down to 12k and still falling.

At least offer a bitorrent version for those suffering the wrath of the slashdot effect.

If only the latest vanilla sources of gentoo linux were stable. I would not need to download 2.6 in order to get the nvidia opengl drivers to work.

No, It didn't, Liar. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7751109)

There is still 50Mbits left on kernel.org never mind the countless mirrors.

There is even a bandwidth meter on the website clearly showing over 50Mbits OF BANDWIDTH LEFT, so shut it.

Re:DAMMIT! Cmd Taco and Cliff!! (4, Informative)

rmohr02 (208447) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751143)

If you insist. [alge.nlc.no]

Re:DAMMIT! Cmd Taco and Cliff!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7751153)

As of 10;31pm CST:

Up since: Wed Apr 16 13:06:45 2003
Load Average: 8.43 8.55 8.69 (728 processes)
Ram: 5950784KB
Free: 6924KB
Current bandwidth utilization 182.46 Mbit/s

Re:DAMMIT! Cmd Taco and Cliff!! (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7751160)

"If only the latest vanilla sources of gentoo linux were stable. I would not need to download 2.6 in order to get the nvidia opengl drivers to work."

The vanilla sources are called "vanilla" because they *arn't* gentoo sources.

Finally here... seems unreal (1, Troll)

Sp4c3 C4d3t (607082) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751067)

I can't believe it's really here. I was playing console games, then came back to my computer, refreshed kernel.org, and there it was! I nearly had a heart attack. It's really here... and it just seems unreal. I just don't know how long it will take for me to get used to 2.6.x version numbers after these years of having 2.4... I'll miss you, 2.4.

Re:Finally here... seems unreal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7751103)

Dude, take a shower.

Re:Finally here... seems unreal (3, Funny)

chunkwhite86 (593696) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751190)

It's really here... and it just seems unreal.

2.6.0 is a kernel. Unreal is a game. Get it straight.

I would like to thank (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7751069)

Jesus, that finnish dude, the phonics monkey and most of all Eric Raymond and his gun collection for keeping Linux free.

Been waiting a long time for this? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7751070)

Fix ide-scsi.c uninitialized variable

You have been waiting a long time for this? Wow, that is ... sad

How does this benefit me? (5, Interesting)

cookie_cutter (533841) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751071)

I'm not trolling, I honestly want to know.

I run linux as my desktop at home, and I also run it at work in a scientific computing cluster.

I'd like to know what benefits I could expect from the new kernel in each area in which I use linux.

Re:How does this benefit me? (1, Troll)

El (94934) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751108)

Have you tried reading the release notes?

Re:How does this benefit me? (1)

Safrax (697056) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751116)

There are benefits across all areas. 1. More Stable 2. More Scalable 3. None of that annoying cursor lag when you have 100% processor usage. 4. Lots and lots of tuning. 5. Too much stuff to name. It's really an all across the board improvement of 2.4.

Re:How does this benefit me? (2, Informative)

OneFix (18661) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751119)

Preemptable kernel and Low Latency patches are both in here...Preempt will help desktops and low latency helps everyone...

Re:How does this benefit me? (5, Informative)

Billly Gates (198444) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751137)

Its really the first industrial strength version to compete agaisnt the big Unixies like Solaris and Aix. Full 64-bit support for the newer Opterons, full G5 support for the new powermacs, access to files that are up to 2 terribytes in size on 64 bit platforms with much better async i/o, support for up to 32-64 processors with advanced Numa!! The virtual memory has been improved and this version is a database server powerhouse.

For a desktop, real time support. Low latencies, improved USB and Firewire device support, better i/o and less race conditions during heavy disk use. It just feels alot faster and performs much better.

Its a big upgrade with mostly server oriented features but it should be a nicer desktop OS and it can perform better under loads for your scientific computing cluster.

But remember do not install it if you do not have a real up to date distro! Module tools have been upgraded and are incompatible with older versions. You can wreck your system if your not carefull.

Re:How does this benefit me? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7751187)

But remember do not install it if you do not have a real up to date distro! Module tools have been upgraded and are incompatible with older versions. You can wreck your system if your not carefull.

This is actually a problem with Linux? I mean, from what I'm reading here, this kernel release seems like an incremental upgrade... Like a Windows service pack, or Win98 -> Win98SE. I'm not trolling here...But can you imagine if MS released a service pack that would "wreck your system" if you weren't careful?

Re:How does this benefit me? (4, Insightful)

ameoba (173803) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751142)

If you put a .0 kernel on your cluster at work, expect to lose your grants and your job.

Re:How does this benefit me? (1)

GustavoT (732121) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751146)

2.6.0 is said to be much faster, which is always a good thing.

Another thing many Linux newbies will appreciate (even if they don't realize it) is that you no longer have to emulate SCSI for your CDRW drives.

Although this is very minor for your typical Linux guru, it is a painstake for many new Linux users that want stuff to "just work".

Re:How does this benefit me? (1)

FatRatBastard (7583) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751166)

I'm running 2.6.0-Test9 on a Athlon (TB) 750. The desktop is MUCH more responsive (I'm running gnome), even when I was running pre-emp and low-latency patches on the 2.4 kernel. Much more noticeable that the jump from 2.2 to 2.4 was.

Re:How does this benefit me? (5, Informative)

xwred1 (207269) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751171)

This [kniggit.net] is a good summary from a high level.

Re:How does this benefit me? (5, Informative)

Kourino (206616) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751181)

Read Dave Jones' post halloween document [linux.org.uk] . It summarizes the differences between 2.4 and 2.6.

Re:How does this benefit me? (5, Informative)

mattdm (1931) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751188)

Try the first paragraph of this story [kerneltrap.org] for a bunch of technical links. Or this one from Linuxworld [linuxworld.com] for a more introductory overview.

But probably what you really want is Joseph Pranevich's Wonderful World of Linux 2.6 [kniggit.net] .

PayPal (4, Funny)

IGnatius T Foobar (4328) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751072)

Since it's impossible to track global downloads of the Linux 2.6.0 kernel, The SCO Group has set up a PayPal tip jar. Please abide by the honor system and send them your $699 after downloading the new kernel.

Re:PayPal (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7751085)

...you cocksmoking teabaggers.

Re:PayPal (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7751132)

Or instead, face toward Lindon, Utah and raise your middle finger in salute to those who will never get $699 from me.

linuz roxorz (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7751075)

i for one welcome our new 2.6 overlords.

Now Windows is getting killed!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7751079)

Bill Gate's dream of Windows becoming a Unix killer is becoming an nightmare for him - it turned around.

Props to all the trolls (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7751081)

It's good to see so much troll matter posted here already, considering that all the smelly linux hippies are going to be checking out this story. Bravo, trolls.

Birthday Present! (2, Interesting)

CajunArson (465943) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751082)

Since the official UTC timestamp is at 03:04 on the 18th its my birthday!!
OK, slightly more on-topic I am already running test11 on a couple boxes with no overriding need to upgrade. However I am curious as to how 2.6 will be managed as opposed to 2.4. Since Linus has already handed off the kernel to Andrew Morton, are we going to see the 2.7 development branch open a whole lot faster than happened with 2.5???

Going on from previous contributions... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7751083)

So, no SCO contributions to the kernel eh? Not even a little snifter???

just in time (5, Funny)

potpie (706881) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751086)

I'm glad the new kernel is out in time for the holiday season... wait... that's sad isn't it?

Merry Christmas! (0)

Kurt Wall (677000) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751088)

"And there was much rejoicing..."

Perchance to be called the Christmas Release or the Christmas Kernel? Loads o' kernel goodness, to be sure. A brand new kernel to run on my brand new (Christmas-present-to-myself) Athlon.

prepare for the... (4, Funny)

cuiousyellow (89995) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751097)

But I just upgraded to 2.4.21!

Redhat is on version 9 wtf?

So uh, what is new in this version?

$foo_obscure_driver doesn't work I'll never use Linux again!

Now I can finally switch from windows!

$bar_obscure_feature which I can't live without never made it in, I hate Linux.

but I *liked* make menuconfig; make clean && make modules modules_install bzimage!!

SELinux (3, Informative)

mcrbids (148650) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751099)

I just spent the last 3 days trying to get the SELinux extensions, courtesy of the NSA [nsa.gov] installed on a Fedora Core 1 [redhat.com] system.

I eventually gave up. However, the SELinux extensions were merged into the 2.6 kernel [sourceforge.net] and it's apparently the plan of Fedora/Red Hat to put it into Fedora Core 2 sometime later this spring.

I, for one, can't wait.

Re:SELinux (5, Interesting)

CajunArson (465943) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751180)

My thesis project involves a module similar to SELinux and I have found that the best 2.6 kernel for messing around with it is actually the BK tree mantained by the Linux Security Modules (LSM) project. Technically SELinux is one module that is part of the LSM project but the two are often referred to synonymously. LSM is at: immunix [immunix.org] and you can check out their kernel branch for extra features that are not yet in mainline 2.6 (and may not get in at all if the kernel maintainers aren't confortable with the changes)

My personal project is actually a big modification of the Domain & Type enforcement that is present in LSM now. but the code is nowhere near ready for inclusion just yet ;)

How to stress-test the new kernel (1)

YOystick (704806) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751107)

Put it on Kernel.org's servers and voila'

Exactly right (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7751133)

Because all Linux is really good for is use as a webserver.

The obligatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7751121)

I'm torn between "Yes, but does it run Linux?" and "Wake me when it gets to 3.11"

great job (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7751122)

props to all the people of who contributed to this version. i'm using the test right now and it realy rock's.

ahh well, tomorrow morning i'll update.

ps.
I really should remember my /. passwd, because being an ac suck ;)

hm (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7751125)

I hope they fix the front page of the kernel site to show 2.4.x info again.

The waiting is over! (1)

youlsa (38966) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751131)

Congratulations kernel team!

Congrats to Linux from an OS X user (4, Interesting)

Devil's Avocado (73913) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751138)

This is great news! I'm excited even though I'm now an OS X dude. Once I find the time to back up my system and repartition I'll be trying LinuxPPC. Speaking of which, if anybody knows of (or wants to write) a non-destructive repartitioning tool for OS X please let me know!

-DA

Changes from 2.4 to 2.6 (5, Informative)

Kourino (206616) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751148)

For a summary of changes from 2.4 to 2.6, read Dave Jones' "post-Halloween" document [linux.org.uk] . (The Changelog only lists changes from -test11 to 2.6.0 and so is not very useful. However, a full Changelog from 2.5.0 to 2.6.0 would be massive information overload, as well as just not terribly useful for a broad picture of what's different.)

In soviet russia (-1, Offtopic)

chunkwhite86 (593696) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751163)

In Soviet Russia, kernel 2.6.0 releases YOU!

Meh (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7751170)

give me xpsp2 anyday over this crap.

nvidia drivers/patches (5, Informative)

state*less (246807) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751176)

nvidia users might want to download the proper patches before trying out 2.6. the patches can be foundhere [minion.de]

the start of something [p2ptrades.com] ?

Linus' mail about 2.6.0 (5, Informative)

Shanes (141586) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751183)

Here [iu.edu]

unlike 2.4 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7751185)

unlike 2.4 i must say 2.6 doesn't really have anything i'm very excited about...

I remember waiting eagerly for 2.4 for months and months...

I didn't even know this thing was close to release.

2.4 was in the test-xx cycle for over a year so this is a bit of a suprise, of course there really aren't any new features that are that major.

2.4 to 2.6 (5, Informative)

GustavoT (732121) | more than 10 years ago | (#7751191)

For those of us upgrading from 2.4 to 2.6 and don't know where to begin, you may want to check out an upgrade guide [kerneltrap.org] .

It's small but very helpful for someone that doesn't completely know what they're doing.

Also from LKML: Darl McBride Issues Rebuttal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7751193)

ITWorld.com has a rebuttal by Darl McBride to Linus Torvalds's latest FUD on copyrights and Open Source. In a nutshell Linus states "GNU asserts that the GPL, under which Linux is distributed, violates the United States Constitution and the U.S. copyright and patent laws" and Darl points out that "the notion that the GPL has, of "exchange of receipt of copyrighted works," is actually explicitly encoded in U.S. copyright law". With Darl of course providing a link allowing the reader to see the law for themselves
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