Linux Kernel is ready for the incoming IPv6 compliance with Defense Information System Agency’s IPv6 Special Interoperability Certification, according to Linux Foundation. This means that all Linux distributions that run the updated Linux kernel should be able to pass the certification.
Although there a lot more features to work on the IPv6 of Linux kernel these past few years, which includes Internet Control Message Protocol, Internet Protocol Security, Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol and Management Information Base, engineers are working together to address the shortcomings. Engineers from HP, Nokia-Siemens, Novell and Red Hat got their hands dirty in getting the IPv6 into full swing.
Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) has already certified two Linux distributions: Novell’s Suse Linux Enterprise (SLES10) and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL 5.2).
Here is an excerpt from Linus Torvalds that should keep everyone involved in Open Source communities moving. Once again, a lovely quote from Linus himself:
From: Linus Torvalds
Subject: Re: [stable] Linux 188.8.131.52
Date: 2008-07-15 16:13:03 GMT (4 days, 17 hours and 27 minutes ago)
On Tue, 15 Jul 2008, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> So as far as I’m concerned, “disclosing” is the fixing of the bug. It’s
> the “look at the source” approach.
Btw, and you may not like this, since you are so focused on security, one
reason I refuse to bother with the whole security circus is that I think
it glorifies – and thus encourages – the wrong behavior.
It makes “heroes” out of security people, as if the people who don’t just
fix normal bugs aren’t as important.
In fact, all the boring normal bugs are _way_ more important, just because
there’s a lot more of them. I don’t think some spectacular security hole
should be glorified or cared about as being any more “special” than a
random spectacular crash due to bad locking.
Security people are often the black-and-white kind of people that I can’t
stand. I think the OpenBSD crowd is a bunch of masturbating monkeys, in
that they make such a big deal about concentrating on security to the
point where they pretty much admit that nothing else matters to them.
To me, security is important. But it’s no less important than everything
*else* that is also important!
Thanks to http://article.gmane.org/gmane.linux.kernel/706950
Ever wonder how the Linux kernel looks like if it is a map? Do you want to see where instructions go as they are being passed from the processor to keyboard?
Fortunately for us, there is a nifty site that can show what a Linux kernel looks. makelinux.net created this visual simulation of a Linux kernel which is also interactive. This makes a great teaching aid to open source students but I was a little confused when I first saw it, and it may also be confusing to others as well.
Anyway, it is good demonstration of how Linux kernel works.
In an interview at the linux.conf.au conference, Torvalds admitted that Linux was lagging behind on power-management and energy-diagnosis tools.
“It is an area we were pretty weak in a few years ago and just building up the infrastructure took a long time, but now we are at a point where we have most of it done,” said Torvalds.
“That doesn’t mean we are done. Now we have an infrastructure in place… we have the tools to measure power and notice when the power is higher and why that is, which is pretty important. Before, it used to be a black box,” said Torvalds.
Yay for Linus! And also Linux, of course. Linux not only saves the world by promoting freedom of choice but also making computing environment-friendly.
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