Linux Version 3.7 Released

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News Posted: Tue, Dec 11 2012 11:08 AM
It took a little longer than Linus Torvalds would have liked, but after a last minute delay and an extra Release Candidate (RC) release, Linux 3.7 is all polished up and out in final form. Torvalds initially hoped to roll out Linux 3.7 last week, but said he was "uncomfortable" with the release candidate due to some last-minute issues, most notably the resurrection of a kswapd issue. That prompted him to build an eighth RC.

"Whee. After an extra RC release, 3.7 is now out. After a few more trials at fixing things, in the end we ended up reverting the kswapd changes that caused problems. And with the extra RC, I had decided to risk doing the buffer.c cleanups that would otherwise have just been marked for stable during the next merge window, and had enough time to fix a few problems that people found there too," Torvalds posted on a message board.

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One of the last-minute issues Torvalds cleaned up was a SCSI driver bug. Other than that, he says he stomped out a few networking bugs and fixed some trivial networking issues for SPARC and MIPS.

Anyway, it's been a somewhat drawn out release despite the 3.7 merge window having otherwise appeared pretty straightforward, and none of the RCs were all that big either," Torvalds added. "But we're done, and this means that the merge window will close on Christmas eve. Or rather, I'll probably close it a couple of days early."

Some of the things Linux 3.7 bring to the table are NVIDIA graphics drivers, support for 64-bit ARM instructions, the ability for Ext4 to resize volumes of more than 16TB, SMAP (supervisor mode access prevention) support, the ability to sign kernel modules and verify those signature, and more.
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RWilliams replied on Tue, Dec 11 2012 12:20 PM

Updating to it in 3, 2...

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OSunday replied on Tue, Dec 11 2012 7:27 PM

Linus Torvald is just such an impressive person... the fact that he's still updating linux and distributing it open source just amazes me when if he were to sell it, it would have the potential to make so much money.

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realneil replied on Tue, Dec 11 2012 9:50 PM

Glad to see Linux maturing.

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mhenriday replied on Wed, Dec 12 2012 5:54 AM

From what I understand, the big thing here is that this kernel will support all ARM architectures, including the upcoming 64-bit versions, without the need for customisation. Not bad !...

Henri

PS : Loved the cartoon !...

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