The latest Linux 3.16 kernel pull request worth covering on Phoronix are the latest LLVMLinux patches for being able to compile the kernel with Clang rather than GCC.
With Linux 3.15 came the patch-set to come close to being able to compile under Clang and now with Linux 3.16 it's a bit closer. A set of five LLVMLinux patches are called for merging that affect ARM and Shash Crypto code.
One week after FreeBSD 9.3 went into beta, the second beta update is now available.
FreeBSD 9.3 is the next major FreeBSD 9 update due out that brings down some features from FreeBSD 10.0 like the Radeon KMS/DRM driver support, Xen HVM support, Apple MacBook trackpad support, disables hardware random number generators by default, and has a ton of other changes.
FreeBSD enthusiasts can find out more about the forthcoming 9.3 update via the tentative release notes. FreeBSD 9.3 is expected to be officially released in mid-July.
According to the developers, the distribution is based on FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE, but it looks like that there is still room for improvements. The developers have made a few important changes and it’s recommended to update.
“In preparation for the next release we have been fine tuning some of the new features and making sure the loose ends are tied up. We were also able to close out a good amount of trac tickets this week and commit the fixes for 10.0.2,” reads the official announcement.
FreeBSD developers haven't forgotten about the 9.x branch of their operating system, even if they have already released 10.0. This is a strange and not very common situation, where a development branch is actually lower in version than the latest stable.
This only shows the commitment of the developers to the people who are still using 9.x and who want to continue employing it. This means that several updates are needed and 9.3 Beta 1 is quite a big release.
Those interested in downloading FreeBSD 9.3 Beta or upgrading to it from an existing release can find all of the information via this mailing list announcement. FreeBSD 9.3 has many driver improvements, the hardware random number generators are disabled by default, the ZFS file-system support has been updated, and there's support for Xen hardware-assisted virtualization (XENHVM). FreeBSD 9.3 also supports Apple's MacBook trackpads and adds Radeon KMS, after the kernel mode-setting support was first found in FreeBSD 10.0.
We have covered the LLVMLinux project many times with an increasing number of developers from the x86 and ARM world being interested in building the kernel with Clang. Among the reasons for wanting to build the Linux kernel with Clang is for possible performance advantages, faster kernel compilation times when debugging the kernel, using Clang's static analysis abilities on the kernel code itself, improving the quality of LLVM and Clang by finding missing/broken compiler features, and improving the overall code quality of the Linux kernel by making the code compatible with more compilers.
The developers of GhostBSD didn't waste any time and released yet another development version, although they are now out of the Alpha stage. Maybe we won't get as many Beta releases so that the final version is not delayed.
According to the changelog, cpio has been replaced with rsync for copying files during the installation, the kernel is now writable on the live DVD, which solves graphic card kernel loading for Intel and ATI, and the base of the distribution, FreeBSD10.0-RELEASE, has been updated to version 10.0-RELEASE-p3.