Kernel Log – Coming in 2.6.31 - Part 3: Storage and file systems
The experimental file system Btrfs, billed as the "next generation file system for Linux", should now be even faster. Libata drivers for IDE/PATA adaptors are pushing aside the IDE subsystem. The first components for defragmenting Ext4 file systems have been merged into the main development tree. Systems with Intel ATA chipsets now boot faster thanks to parallel hardware scanning.
Last Thursday, Linus Torvalds released the sixth pre-release version of Linux 2.6.31. As usual at this late phase of the development cycle, most of the changes from rc5 are minor. In his release email, Torvalds indicates that he expects 2.6.31 to be complete after the eighth pre-release version, probably in two to three weeks.
The Kernel Log is taking the opportunity to continue its series of reports on the major changes in Linux 2.6.31 compared to the current 2.6.30 kernel with an overview of storage and file systems.