mvar writes: From the H: Oracle has released a second beta version of "DTrace for Oracle Linux". The Linux port of the tracing software that was originally developed for Solaris now implements a provider for SDT (Statically Defined Tracing), providing in-kernel static probes; the developers say that they have also fixed a number of bugs. This version of DTrace (Dynamic Tracing Facility) requires the Linux 2.6.39-based version 2 of Oracle's "Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel", which is due to be part of Oracle Linux 6 and is currently still in its beta phase.
mvar writes: The Linux Foundation today released technical guidance to PC makers on how to implement secure UEFI without locking Linux or other free software off of new Windows 8 machines. The guidance included a subtle tisk-tisk at Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky for suggesting that PC owners won't want to mess with control of their hardware and would happily concede that to operating system makers and hardware manufacturers.
mvar writes: Dtrace co-author Adam Leventhal writes on his blog about Dtrace for Linux:
Yesterday (October 4, 2011) Oracle made the surprising announcement that they would be porting some key Solaris features, DTrace and Zones, to Oracle Enterprise Linux. As one of the original authors, the news about DTrace was particularly interesting to me, so I started digging. Even among Oracle employees, there’s uncertainty about what was announced. Ed Screven gave us just a couple of bullet points in his keynote; Sergio Leunissen, the product manager for OEL, didn’t have further details in his OpenWorld talk beyond it being a beta of limited functionality; and the entire Solaris team seemed completely taken by surprise. Leunissen stated that only the kernel components of DTrace are part of the port. It’s unclear whether that means just fbt or includes sdt and the related providers. It sounds certain, though, that it won’t pass the DTrace test suite which is the deciding criterion between a DTrace port and some sort of work in progress.
mvar writes: Linus has announced the availability of the 3.0-rc1 kernel prepatch:
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 longe rcomfortably 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
mvar writes: The first release candidate of the 2.6.38 verson has been released. Linus comments:
This merge window saw the introduction of two of my favorite new features:
— the use of group scheduling to give nicer interactive behavior in
the presence of "traditional" UNIX loads (ie terminal windows with
heavy loads like a "make -j8" or similar) by giving tty sessions
separate groups (the SCHED_AUTOGROUP config variable)
— Nick's new (well, "new" — it's been brewing for a long time)
RCU-based path name lookup.
mvar writes: Canonical's Mark Shuttleworth has announced that plans for future versions of Ubuntu, beyond 11.04 Natty Narwhal, will now incorporate the inclusion of the Qt user interface libraries and may include applications based on Qt. "We'll need to find some space on the CD for Qt libraries" he said, noting that Qt will sit alongside GNOME's Gtk libraries. The addition of Qt support will allow developers a choice of toolkit when developing their applications for the Ubuntu desktop as "there's plenty of best-in-class software written with Qt".
mvar writes: SAN FRANCISCO, January 5, 2011 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced that Protecode is its newest member. Protecode is a provider of products and services for open source software licensing and copyright management, software Intellectual Property (IP) management, code portfolio mapping, and for carrying out IP due diligence of software companies. The company is joining The Linux Foundation to participate in the pan-industry initiative, the Open Compliance Program.
mvar writes: Following previous reports that Ubuntu sponsor Canonical was looking to replace Oracle's open source OpenOffice.org office suite, the Ubuntu developers have confirmed that the LibreOffice community fork will be included in Ubuntu 11.04, code named "Natty Narwhal". According to a post on the Ubuntu mailing list by developer Matthias Klose, the developers have already started the transition of removing outdated OpenOffice.org packages based on version 3.2.1.
mvar writes: Version 2.6.37 is out:
It's early January, and bleary-eyed people everywhere are getting over
their hangovers and wondering where they should send their merge
And now they can. Because 2.6.37 is out, and the merge window for the
next release is thus open. Of course, as usual, I'll probably let
2.6.37 cool for a few days to try to encourage people to look at the
release rather than go all crazy with newly merged features in the