Latest Linux Kernel Comes With Memory in Mind

The fourth release of a busy year in Linux activity promises a lot. The 2.6.32 comes with a host of files system and driver updates, dedupe capabilities and memory, both virtual and “dirty.” LinuxPlanet has the story.

For the Linux kernel, 2009 has been another banner year, with this week marking the debut of the kernel’s fourth major updates.

The year’s final update is the 2.6.32 kernel, which was released by Linux founder Linus Torvalds late Wednesday night.

The 2.6.32 is jam-packed full of driver and filesystem updates as well as several new features that are intended to improve both the physical and virtual performance of a Linux-based operating system.

BTRFS is a next-generation filesystem originally spearheaded by Oracle’s Chris Mason. BTRFS holds the promise of providing improved error correction, “snapshotting” — making a copy of file data at a particular point in time for improved data integrity and recovery — and other file-integrity enhancements.

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