Skip to comments.Say Hello To Linux 3.0
Posted on 05/30/2011 10:08:42 AM PDT by zeugma
.. except there are various scripts that really know that there are three numbers, so it calls itself "3.0.0-rc1".
Hopefully by the time the final 3.0 is out, we'll have that extra zero all figured out.
Yay! Let the bikeshed painting discussions about version numbering begin (or at least re-start).
I decided to just bite the bullet, and call the next version 3.0. It will get released close enough to the 20-year mark, which is excuse enough for me, although honestly, the real reason is just that I can no longer comfortably count as high as 40.
The whole renumbering was discussed at last years Kernel Summit, and there was a plan to take it up this year too. But let's face it - what's the point of being in charge if you can't pick the bike shed color without holding a referendum on it? So I'm just going all alpha-male, and just renumbering it. You'll like it.
Now, my alpha-maleness sadly does not actually extend to all the scripts and Makefile rules, so the kernel is fighting back, and is calling itself 3.0.0-rc1. We'll have the usual 6-7 weeks to wrestle it into submission, and get scripts etc cleaned up, and the final release should be just "3.0". The -stable team can use the third number for their versioning.
So what are the big changes?
NOTHING. Absolutely nothing. Sure, we have the usual two thirds driver changes, and a lot of random fixes, but the point is that 3.0 is *just* about renumbering, we are very much *not* doing a KDE-4 or a Gnome-3 here. No breakage, no special scary new features, nothing at all like that. We've been doing time-based releases for many years now, this is in no way about features. If you want an excuse for the renumbering, you really should look at the time-based one ("20 years") instead.
So no ABI changes, no API changes, no magical new features - just steady plodding progress. In addition to the driver changes (and the bulk really is driver updates), we've had some nice VFS cleanups, various VM fixes, some nice initial ARM consolidation (yay!) and in general this is supposed to be a fairly normal release cycle. The merge window was a few days shorter than usual, but if that ends up meaning a smaller release and a nice stable 3.0 release, that is all
good. There's absolutely no reason to aim for the traditional ".0" problems that so many projects have.
In fact, I think that in addition to the shorter merge window, I'm also considering make this one of my "Linus is being a difficult ^&^hole" releases, where I really want to be pretty strict about what I pull during the stabilization window. Part of that is that I'm going to be travelling next week with a slow atom laptop, so you had better convince me I *really* want to pull from you, because that thing really is not the most impressive piece of hardware ever built. It does the "git" workflow quite well, but let's just say that compiling the kernel is not quite the user experience I've gotten used to.
So be nice to me, and send me only really important fixes. And let's make sure we really make the next release not just an all new shiny number, but a good kernel too.
Go forth and test,
You want to install from USB.
IT’s easy if your laptop will boot from USB through BIOS. And it’s faster than using a DVD due to better transfer speeds.
It’s not impossible if the laptop won’t boot from USB from BIOS, but somewhat difficult.
Depends on the manufacturer and motherboard, most modern PCs and laptops without an optical drive will boot from USB.
try the link above, freepmail me if you run into issues.
Re: names: "Nerd", "geek", whatever. I do computers, deal with it. :)
I expect the Golden Eagle to emerge any minute, squawking to remind us that Torvalds' parents were communists or whatever and that this has something to do with an operating system.
Either one works for me. I've been a nerd pretty much all my life, since even before there was such a thing as home computers.
Yeah, broadcom wireless sucks. You'll probably have to use the bcm wadcutter tool. It's a pain. I no longer buy any hardware that's not fully supported. I don't giving money to folks who don't support Linux.
As for the 'swappiness' issue, my solution is to have so much ram that it's oozing out the back of the PC. My system almost never touches swap.
Sometimes it's the only way to save data from a windows box without physically pulling the hard drive.We had a guy at work a while back, who's laptop was well and truely toasted. Wouldn't boot 'safe mode', or from media. It looked like he was going to lose a lot of stuff until we popped in a live Linux CD, and was able to scp all his data to another box.
Thanks. What's really nice is that the trolls haven't destroyed it. (yet)
The least he could have done is put the new KDE-4 or Gnome-3 face on it.
You’re talking applications. They kernel is code that all the applications run on.
I'll personally take either/or. Guess I'm weird like that.this, something's wrong with your ears.
Or you can get raw with these strings. Either way, the violin is sweet yet lethal.
Doesn’t matter what the name on the check says...geek...nerd...dweeb..the bank still takes it.
Good to see ya rdb. Hope all is well.
I kept running into a problem when I tried to run any distro based on Ubuntu 11.04 . That link points out a specific problem with the SanDisk flash drive I was using and how to fix it. I couldn't get 11.04 LXDE to start before but now I'll give it another try.
I didn't have any problem getting #! to boot off the flash drive. What I couldn't figure out was more related to how I would install the distro on the netbook's hard drive in a more permanent fashion.
I was thinking I had to boot up with a disk utility to partition the drive for the linux install so as to not lose any Windows system files/user data.
But after some research it looks like I can adjust the partitioning from within Windows without data loss. I just need to figure out what format to use for the new partition and I should be set.
I don’t even have a swap partition. :-)
But I had to do that once I moved away from hard drives. I wouldn’t give up my SSDs for anything!
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