Linus Torvalds has released the first pre-release version of Linux 2.6.36 and closed the merge window – the first phase in the development cycle, during which the bulk of changes for a new kernel version are merged into the main development tree. The usual announcement mail for the new kernel is currently nowhere to be found, but the RC1 is tagged in the Kernel Git tree and available for download on Kernel.org.
There have, as usual, been hundreds of changes, many of which are significant even for users who do not delve too deeply into the kernel of their Linux distribution. Kernel hackers have, as expected, merged the Kernel components of security framework AppArmor, which has long been used in distributions such as openSUSE and Ubuntu, but has never quite made the leap into the official kernel. After a few false starts, Fanotify, which among other things, is of interest for its on-access virus scanner, has now found its way into the kernel.
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