Hey, look at that - it's all been very quiet, and unless anything bad
happens, we're all back to the regular schedule with this being the
Of course, when I actually looked at my calendar, I realized that if
that actually happens, the next merge window will be awkward for me
due to travel, so it turns out that I should never have hoped for
things calming down in the first place. But I've done merge windows
during travels before, so it's not like it would necessarily be a big
And anything might happen during the next week anyway.
Anyway, rc7 is pretty small, with about half being driver fixes
(networking, GPU and HID accounts for most of it), 20% arch updates
(x86, sparc powerp, some arm64 crypto) and the rest is "misc":
filesystems, generic networking, VM, genksyms scripting etc.
It's all fairly small, and nothing particularly stands out (apart from
me being reminded once more about how much I hate modversions - we hit
another random architecture-specific tooling bug that was triggered by
it). Shortlog appended for the people who want to get an overview of
The Linux 4.10 kernel is getting close to release with this Sunday's release of Linux 4.10-rc7.
Linux 4.10-rc7 was released a short time ago. Linus Torvalds commented, "Hey, look at that - it's all been very quiet, and unless anything bad happens, we're all back to the regular schedule with this being the last rc...It's all fairly small, and nothing particularly stands out (apart from me being reminded once more about how much I hate modversions - we hit another random architecture-specific tooling bug that was triggered by it)."
It's Sunday evening again, and this means Linus Torvalds is announcing the availability of a new RC (Release Candidate) build of the forthcoming Linux 4.10 kernel branch, the seventh in the series.
Last week Linus Torvalds suggested Linux kernel developers should hurry up and calm things down, because he worried that version 4.10 might take longer than he wanted to complete.
And this week he's all-but recanted that request, because he thinks he may not have time to finish the job.
Michael Tremer announced the availability for public testing of the upcoming IPFire 2.19 Core Update 109 maintenance release of the open source Linux-based router and firewall distribution.
The most important change included in this update appears to be support for the unbound 1.6.0 recursive and caching DNS resolver in the built-in DNS proxy, which will re-activate QNAME hardening and minimisation below NX domains. The change should also make IPFire check if a router drops DNS responses that are longer than a specific threshold.
AMD has just announced the release of their awaited AMDGPU open-source debugger.
This AMDGPU Debugger is initially a user-mode register debugger, which allows privileged users to read/write to GPU registers for diagnosing and debugging. The tool also supports decoding ring contents, analyzing wave fronts, viewing machine states, and other functionality. The AMDGPU Debugger works with Southern Islands through Volcanic Islands hardware currently and requires the Linux 4.10 kernel.
When writing this week about ILO Gallium3D being dropped from mainline Mesa, a Phoronix reader asked if LunarGLASS would be the next thing to be removed from Mesa... But LunarGLASS never made it to mainline Mesa, though it still is in development.
LunarGLASS is the multi-year project out of LunarG for creating an advanced shader compiler stack using LLVM IR. LunarGLASS origins date back to 2010 and there's been out-of-tree patches for tieing it into Mesa. The focus was on reducing the number of different intermediate representations used by drivers and instead centralize around LLVM IR for GLSL, OpenCL, etc.
The drm-misc-next tree is done with new feature material for the Linux 4.11 kernel cycle as the work is now being queued in DRM-next for this next kernel version.
DRM-Misc usually caries various DRM core changes and other minor work. But now they've also begun using drm-misc-next for grouping together a lot of the smaller DRM drivers rather than each having their own Git repository that's then submitted for pulling into DRM-Next directly. The discussion about using DRM-Misc as the staging area for the smaller DRM drivers can be found via this mailing list thread.
I recently had to reinstall my laptop, and, since I only use Linux on my laptop, I could not afford to spend half a day customizing the operating system, install hundreds of updates, and set up my favorite apps.
I usually go with Arch Linux, but because installing it is not the easiest of tasks and I have to spend a lot of time making it the way I like, such as installing my favorite desktop environment, enabling AUR (Arch User Repository), installing various apps I need for work and everything else I do on my laptop, I decided to use a different distro.
Of course, I could always go with an Arch Linux-based distro, such as Antergos, Manjaro, or Chakra GNU/Linux, but I'm not a fan of distributions based on another, not to mention that many of them are build around a certain desktop environment and I don't like mixing packages and end up with a bloated system.
Aaeon and Kii unveiled a “Smart Vending Now” platform that combines Aaeon’s Atom-based UP SBC with Kii’s cloud-based IoT platform for vending machines.
The Internet of Things has matured to the point where we’re now starting to see vertical ecosystems that combine IoT endpoints with industry specific IoT cloud ecosystems. Asus-owned embedded equipment vendor Aaeon has joined up with Kii to create just such a platform for controlling and aggregating data from vending machines. The partners’ Smart Vending Platform Alliance has initiated a limited launch of the Smart Vending Now platform, and plans a full roll-out in April.
I am pleased to announce the new version of PiCluster. In this release, users can connect to a host running an rsyslog server and the PiCluster agent to view the log drain in the PiCluster web console and run searches. This combined integration provides a single pane of glass to monitor physical hosts and Docker containers easily. Let’s take a look on how to enable this functionality.
I'm announcing the release of the 4.9.8 kernel.
All users of the 4.9 kernel series must upgrade.
The updated 4.9.y git tree can be found at:
and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:
Also: Linux 4.4.47
Element14 and Adafruit have launched a 4.3-inch, 480 x 272 capacitive touchscreen for the BeagleBone Black at an unprecedented price of only $50.
Adafruit has launched an Element14 made, 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen for only $50, making it the only cap touchscreen for the SBC we’ve seen that sells for under $100. The Element 14 LCD Display Cape, also referred to by Adafruit as the 4.3” LCD Capacitive Touchscreen Display Cape for BeagleBone, is a full-color, backlit TFT touchscreen with 480 x 272-pixel resolution. The “high luminance,” 105.5 x 67.25 x 4.75mm display comes with a 69 x 67.5 x 17mm Cape interface board.
MediaTek is a name with which some may not be familiar, but the company is a manufacturer of SoCs (systems-on-a-chip, or processors) that often appear in mid-range and budget-friendly smartphones. Of course, Chinese OEMs have relied on MediaTek for processor orders for some time, but Samsung has been flirting with the idea of utilizing MediaTek SoCs in its smartphones. Some months ago, we saw Samsung and MediaTek meet regarding Samsung’s own Tizen-powered Z series due to the slow pace at which Spreadtrum is developing its own SoCs for the market.