Episode 094 – Sound Check

Posted by Tony on July 30, 2013 in Show-mp3, Show-ogg |



MP3 format (for Freedom Haters!)
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Total Running Time: 1:14:22

Un-edited Live session – http://youtu.be/rj7De8PN538

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Kernel News: Mat


Release Candidate:
On Sun, 21 Jul 2013 12:53:10 PDT
Linus Torvalds released kernel 3.11-rc2
Here is what he had to say about it:

“So it’s been another week, and -rc2 is out there.

The patch looks a bit odd, because by bulk 95% of the patch is just the removal of the CSR staging driver that wasn’t getting any traction, so the diffstat (and the dirstat in particular) is not very interesting or readable, since that driver removal basically overshadows everything else. But I do admit to love seeing code removal patches.

And of the rest of the patch, a noticeable part is all those one-liners all over that just remove the __cpuinit markers that people agreed were just more pain than gain to maintain. We had already made the markers be no-ops earlier, so they didn’t matter for code generation, and here in rc2 they get actually removed.

End result: we have two separate events that generate a lot of noise in the patch, but aren’t really interesting per se. They do make the patch harder to read, though.

Ignoring those noisy parts of the patch, there’s a couple of things worth noting about rc2. I think most of the patches here are nice fixes, but I wanted to give two heads-ups:

(a) the O_TMPFILE flag that is new to 3.11 has been going through a few ABI/API cleanups (and a few fixes to the implementation too), but I think we’re done now. So if you’re interested in the concept of unnamed temporary files, go ahead and test it out. The lack of name not only gets rid of races/complications with filename generation, it can make the whole thing more efficient since you don’t have the directory operations that can cause serializing IO etc.

(b) we had a late change to how ACPI backlight handling is done on certain machines, and while this kind of thing really shouldn’t be done outside the merge window, I ended up pulling it anyway. But I’d *really* like to have people test this thing particularly on laptops with intel-based graphics. It should only matter (and hopefully improve things) for the newer ones with BIOSes designed for Windows 8, but hey, the more testing, the better. Backlight handling has been painful before, so I’m mentioning this explicitly.

Anyway, apart from those two issues, I think the rest is pretty normal for rc2. It started out a bit slow, but I think it ended up fairly normal. Apart from the already mentioned issues, we’ve got drm stuff (radeon in particular), some driver core fixes, s390/mips/arm/x86 updates, sound drivers, ext4/btrfs fixes, yadda yadda.

The shortlog since -rc1 is appended”
–Linus Torvalds


Stable Updates:
On Sun, 21 Jul 2013 18:42:26 PDT
Greg Kroah-Hartman released kernel 3.0.87
With 22 files changed, 57 lines inserted, and 49 lines deleted

On Sun, 21 Jul 2013 18:42:58 PDT
Greg Kroah-Hartman released kernel 3.4.54
With 29 files changed, 80 lines inserted, and 60 lines deleted

On Sun, 21 Jul 2013 18:44:23 PDT
Greg Kroah-Hartman released kernel 3.9.11
With 43 files changed, 195 lines inserted, and 118 lines deleted
Greg Kroah-Hartman had this announcement:
“Note, this is the LAST 3.9-stable kernel. It is now dead, end-of-life, not to be touched by me again, please move to 3.10 now, you have been warned.”

On Sun, 21 Jul 2013 18:44:57 PDT
Greg Kroah-Hartman released kernel 3.10.2
With 84 files changed, 675 lines inserted, and 235 lines deleted

On Thu, 25 Jul 2013 15:22:21 PDT
Greg Kroah-Hartman released kernel 3.10.3
With 100 files changed, 1113 lines inserted, and 411 lines deleted

Kernel Developer Quote:
The quote this week comes from the man himself:


I was really hoping that the leap motion would be a great input device. And maybe it some day will be.

But in the meantime, the hilarious video in the review makes up for my disappointment.”
–Linus Torvalds

Here is the video Linus references.

Distro Talk: Tony



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Tech News:


Court Rules Eolas Does Not Own The Internet

Eolas who had originally sued Google, Yahoo, Youtube, JCPenney, and Amazon back in October of 2009, finally was denied on appeal. Originally a Texas federal court had found the there was no infringement, and this decision upholds that ruling. Another patent troll bites the dust, it coldn’t happen to a nicer bunch.

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