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Linux 2.6.37 Released 135

Posted by samzenpus
from the new-and-improved dept.
diegocg writes "Version 2.6.37 of the Linux kernel has been released. This version includes SMP scalability improvements for Ext4 and XFS, the removal of the Big Kernel Lock, support for per-cgroup IO throttling, a networking block device based on top of the Ceph clustered filesystem, several Btrfs improvements, more efficient static probes, perf support to probe modules, LZO compression in the hibernation image, PPP over IPv4 support, several networking microoptimizations and many other small changes, improvements and new drivers for devices like the Brocade BNA 10GB ethernet, Topcliff PCH gigabit, Atheros CARL9170, Atheros AR6003 and RealTek RTL8712U. The fanotify API has also been enabled. See the full changelog for more details."

Comment: Re:Right (Score 1) 280

by broeman (#33511246) Attached to: Narcissists, Insecure People Flock To Facebook
Exactly. When I saw the title, the first that hit me is that these two characteristics are states of mind, not a whole person. I could be narcissistic one day, and have low self esteem another day (although, wouldn't that also be characterized as a depression? ;). Most people on my FB page are just using it for games, or the occasional funny link they found. Not everybody takes it to the South Park level of commitment.

Comment: Re:Opera! (Score 2, Insightful) 261

by broeman (#32663282) Attached to: Firefox 3.6.4 Released With Out-of-Process Plugins
Exactly, and furthermore Mozilla and Opera have had the same struggle for a fan base in the same period. Mozilla not only did good marketing, but they also managed to create a browser, that people really wanted to use (Opera just is to weird for some people, like me, although I liked Opera Mini on my old Symbian phone).

Comment: Re:It's not ending... (Score 1) 549

by broeman (#32048706) Attached to: The End of the PC Era and Apple's Plan To Survive
Sure, but where are the games for them?

I though the same thoughts when I bought my PS3 some years ago, but mainly being a strategy player, it doesn't fulfill my needs (always simplified games, with a control scheme for hardcore console users). I used mouse and keyboard since Amiga 500 for gaming, and I really like the immersion, but I do understand those who only grew up with PS1-2-Xbox, wanting something for their needs as well.

Comment: Re:Its like 1000's of customers cried out (Score 4, Informative) 282

by broeman (#31650296) Attached to: BBC Activates DRM For Its iPlayer Content
I don't know how they are doing it in the UK, but already several European countries (e.g. Denmark, Germany) also charges for an Internet connection as well. They actually found a way to tax access to the Internet, with the reason that you have the possibility to use the state radio/television online services. Many have been wondering if binoculars will be next (watching TV from your neighbor could be a possibility of use as well).

Comment: Re:Queue . . . (Score 1) 542

by broeman (#31606720) Attached to: High Fructose Corn Syrup Causes Bigger Weight Gain In Rats
After reading Gary Taubes "Good Calories, Bad Calories" and this I fully agree with you. I am thinking about trying the paleo diet, to compensate with some athletics (running as if it was "the hunt"), but my addiction to sugar is still at large (though, I have cut down on starches a lot).

When I was a child, soda was something you would get at a birthday party, maybe every 2nd month, but today most people I know drink at least a can of soda every day. And diet coke isn't much better (I am also aspartam intolerant, hurray :P), since it makes your stomach believe that you are hungry.

Comment: Re:I'm with Nokia (Score 1) 294

by broeman (#31494412) Attached to: Nokia Claims Apple Does "Legal Alchemy" To Mask IP Theft
Somewhat :) When the owner of Ikea got tired of Swedish taxes (1960/70s I think), he moved the company to Denmark. Denmark later on also went on the same boat with outrageous taxation, and he moved again. I guess Switzerland is probably the best place to be in Europe, if you are evading taxes (if you're rich enough, you can negotiate your own tax-rate with the local government). Placing the company in the EU, it is in a good position to the internal market.

Comment: Re:Ubuntu (Score 1) 766

by broeman (#31213082) Attached to: Which Linux For Non-Techie Windows Users?
I installed Linux Mint on my father's laptop last summer, after years of resentment "Linux? what's that, I need to use programs others use as well!". There was Vista preinstalled, but it seemed alienated to him and bloated (couldn't even connect to my wireless network), that he agreed to change it to "whatever". He uses it only for web, email and some office work (Firefox, Thunderbird and OO did the trick).

I had to leave early after the installation, so I didn't get much feedback, but I didn't hear any cry for help. In the holidays, he expressed gratitude, and "how can unorganized people make so good a system?", hehe. He looked skeptical, when I started to upgrade the machine, as he is used to Microsoft's shenanigans (New flashy GUIs he doesn't really need!). But after the update from 5 to 7 (was pretty hard though, should probably have done a 5-6-7 and ATI closed source driver isn't supported any longer), I changed the theme back, and he went on using it, as nothing has happened :)

Apparently he isn't a total non-techie, since he managed to installed some programs, since I have been away. And this was without showing him. But he didn't do any updates (I don't know why Mint uses a Lock as a update-symbol, it doesn't do the trick in my book (as a M.Sc. Interaction Designer and a study of visual design especially).

On a side note, I am pretty annoyed about Ubuntu's screwups of the audio system though! On my laptop (Mint), I need PCM at 90, so it would sound ok, but Pulseaudio puts it at 100 at every use (so I use alsamixer instead). On my mediacenter (Ubuntu minimal), the AUX is making a hissing noise, so I have to turn it off at every boot, since it doesn't save alsa settings (and since it is minimal installation, it is not even pulseaudio that screws up this time). Both issues has happen recently at an update, but I have read on google, that many more have had this for years ...

Comment: Re:sigh (Score 1) 577

by broeman (#30807854) Attached to: Police In Britain Arrest Man For Bomb-Threat Joke On Twitter
In many European countries it is usually made up this way:
Bourgeois: Classic liberals and conservatives, who put their focus on authority, morality and crony capitalism (fascism).
Radical: Communists and democrats, who put their focus on liberty, creativity and government handouts (socialism).

New Labour is a mix of all the worst IMO: socialistic, fascist and authoritarian without regard to morality and liberty. But then again I am not a Brit, and only hear the worst news.

(if you wonder what I believe in: anarchistic capitalism in the spirit of Thomas Jefferson).

Comment: Re:this is brave (Score 1) 466

by broeman (#30307488) Attached to: Danish DRM Breaker Turns Himself In To Test Backup Law
It is becoming popular in Denmark these days, since people are losing faith in the justice system. Civil disobedience is not about winning the case, but exposing the (unjust, unclear, stupid?) law to the public (whereas the newspapers never cared about in the first place).

It seems to work for this guy ;)

Another guy from Facebook, is questioning the morality of the tv-license system in Denmark (or Europe in general), since it also applies to an (min. 256kbit) Internet connection. He is also awaiting court, for not paying it, to make his stand.

With your bare hands?!?