A Kernel patch overview?

Neal Murphy neal.p.murphy at alum.wpi.edu
Sun Jun 20 12:05:07 PDT 2010


On Sunday 20 June 2010 11:11:01 Paul Rogers wrote:
> Having just installed LFS-6.6 with kernel-2.6.32.7, I thought I'd
> look into patching it to the current patch level.  OTOH, I'm on a
> 40Kbps dialup line and a 10MB patch-2.6.33 is big enough to: a)
> give me pause before attempting a few hours of downloading, b)
> suggest that there's some significant new features.  Patch...34
> is about the same size.  IIRC the Changelog-2.6.33 is nearly that
> big, making it perhaps most of the patch file, but it's full of
> sign-offs and not a particular good place to find out what's new.
>
> Is there someplace where someone writes about "what's new" in
> kernel patches?  New and removed features, considerations about
> implementation, etc.?  Someplace where we can see what's in it,
> whether it "has anything for us or not"?

http://www.kernel.org/ (look at the changelogs)

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