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Hi all!

As some of you may have noticed, we’re almost at the middle of November and there’s no new release available. The problem is that the reiser4 patches have not yet been ported to 2.6.36, and applying the 2.6.35 patchset fails miserably at compile time. Of course, I can’t blame anybody for this. Reiser4 work is being volunteered by Edward Shishkin and the 2.6.36 release has seen a lot of non-obvious code changes (most notably VFS patches and the workqueue unification patches).

So, if no new patches will be available by November 14th, I’ll be sticking to 2.6.35 and build the new release upon it.

Cheers,
Fabio Scaccabarozzi


October release preview

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Hi all!

Some of you may have noticed that I updated the “Release Schedule” page a while ago. I intended to make a release available before the 30th of September, but I decided to postpone it for some reasons:

  • 2.6.36 is coming around
  • GCC 4.5.1 has been added to the tree
  • a new tool for building stages has been released and gained a lot of popularity recently: Metro While GCC 4.5.1 still has some problems with some packages (I’d consider only grub-9999 a showstopper), I consider it to be fairly stable for a non mission-critical system. Therefore, I’m really considering the opportunity to make it the default compiler for this release.

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March release 2010 - Happy birthday!

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Hi all!

The new release is finally out!

It features kernel 2.6.33.1 + glibc 2.11-r1. All the “suspended” drivers were reintegrated as the latest versions would compile cleanly. Some packages have been added, most notably pbzip2 to make bzip2 scale on multicore systems. Btrfs-progs has been included as a live ebuild, to allow some fixes for the subvolume management system to be included.

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