The first Linux Kernel of '08 has arrived

When we last left the Linux kernel maintainers it was early October '07 and 2.6.23,  complete with support for Logical Domains (LDoms) on the SPARC architecture, was rolled out. 

Well now its 2008 and last week Linux kernel 2.6.24 hit the streets.

Here are some fun facts to know and tell that I grabbed from Jonathan Corbet's 2.6.24 statistics article:

  • Over 10,000 individual changesets were merged
  • There was a net growth of nearly 300,000 lines of code
  • 950 developers, representing over 130 companies, contributed this code
  • Of the 950, 358 contributed just one patch
  • In comparison, for 2.6.23 there were 6,200 patches merged from 860 developers.

To see all the new features and fixes, check out kernelnewbies.org

One feature that caught my eye was the inclusion of Linux Kernel Markers which implement static probing points for the Linux kernel.  In an article I read someone commented on how this got the Linux community closer to Dtrace like capabilities.  I wonder how similar/dissimilar the two are?

Pau for now...

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