Kuwait Linux User Group

Pirate Linux Kernel 2.6.18 Hits
Date: Thursday, September 21, 2006 @ 10:46:45 EDT
Topic: adv

Ahoy! She's good to go, hoist anchor! Here's some real booty for all you land-lubbers. There's not too many changes, with t'bulk of the patch bein' defconfig updates, but the shortlog at the aft of this here email describes the details if you care, you scurvy dogs." -- Linus "but you can call me Cap'n.

This might not be a typical way to announce the release of a new Linux kernel. But perhaps in the spirit of Talk Like a Pirate Day, Linus Torvalds did just that in a mailing-list posting announcing the release of the 2.6.18 kernel.

The 2.6.18 kernel includes a long list of functional updates and improvements. Perhaps the largest volume of work surrounds improvements to how Linux handles serial ATA (SATA).

SATA is rapidly emerging as a low cost complement in enterprise storage systems in cases where the robustness of Fibre channel is not required.

SELinux also gets some improvements in the new kernel. SELinux was first developed by the NSA as a way to improve security in Linux by introducing mandatory access controls.

New per-packet networking controls called secmark are now in the kernel.

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