Linux 2.6.25

April 18th, 2008 by Crusader

A new stable release for the Linux kernel was announced by Linus Torvalds:

The full changelog from 2.6.24 is 7.5M, with a 12MB compressed patch. Tons and tons has changed, but if you’ve been following the -rc releases, you’ll already know about the big things. The changes from the last rc (-rc9) are fairly small and mostly pretty trivial, and the shortlog is appended.

So it’s mostly one-liners, with some updates to drivers (net and usb) and to networking that are a bit larger (although a number of the driver updates are things like just new ID’s etc).

Linux Kernel Newbies has a rundown:

2.6.25 includes support of a new architecture (MN10300/AM33) and the widely used Orion SoCs, a new interface for more accurate measurement of process memory usage, a ‘memory resource controller’ for controlling the memory usage of groups of processes, realtime group scheduling, a tool for measuring high latencies called latencytop, ACPI thermal regulation, timer event notifications through file descriptors, an alternative MAC security framework called SMACK, a ext4 update, BRK and PIE-executable address space randomization, RCU preemption support, FIFO spinlocks in x86, EFI support in x86-64, a new network protocol called CAN, initial ATI r500 DRI/DRM support, improved device support and many other small improvements.

Nothing earth-shattering to my untrained eye, but even incremental improvements are always welcome.

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One Response to “Linux 2.6.25”

  1. ZlatkO Says:

    Note that for the latest stable NVIDIA drivers (current and legacy) to work with 2.6.25, you need to apply one of the patches from here (depending on your driver version). Works fine for me with 169.12 AFAICT.

    The latest beta driver (173.08) doesn’t seem to need an additional patch. From the changelog:

    * Restored compatibility with recent Linux 2.6 kernels.

    HTH! :-)

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