What Not To Expect From The Linux 2.6.40 Kernel
Since the release of the Linux 2.6.39 kernel on Thursday, Linus Torvalds opened the merge window for the Linux 2.6.40 kernel and it will stay open until month's end. While the 2.6.40 kernel will bring several open-source graphics driver improvements (performance improvements, Intel Ivy Bridge support NVIDIA Optimus, etc), new hardware enablement, and other enhancements, there's a few features that you will not find in this next major Linux kernel release.
- The Reiser4 file-system still has not been proposed for integration into the mainline Linux kernel tree. As I mentioned in an exclusive Reiser4 report back in January, the developers are basically waiting for some vendor to stand behind this file-system before it would likely be accepted upstream. However, with Btrfs coming along nicely, finding a vendor to get in bed with Reiser4 is a difficult feat.
- The VIA KMS driver with TTM support still isn't ready.