Linux kernel 3.19 released

In today's open source roundup: Linus signs off on Linux kernel 3.19. Plus: Korora 21 released, and FocusWriter provides distraction-free writing

Linux kernel 3.19 released

It's always news when a new version of the Linux kernel is released. This time around it's version 3.19 that has been approved by Linus Torvalds.

Simon Sharwood reports for The Register:

Version 3.19 of the Linux kernel has been signed off by Linus Torvalds.

New in this release is improved support for Intel and AMD graphics, plus support for LZ4 compression in the SquasFS which should make for better Linux performance on Live CDs. Owners of Lenovo, Dell, Acer and Toshiba will now find Linux plays better with some of their unqiue hardware features, especially keyboard backlights. The KVM Hypervisor has dropped support for the IA64 chip, a milestone in that architecture's demise.

More at The Register

You can also read the official announcement by Linus:

So nothing all that exciting happened, and while I was tempted a couple of times to do an rc8, there really wasn't any reason for it.

Just as an example, Sasha Levin used KASan and found an interesting bug in paravirtualized spinlocks, but realistically it's been around forever, and it's not even clear that it can really ever trigger in practice. We'll get it fixed, and mark it for stable, and tempting as it was, it wasn't really a reason to delay 3.19.

And the actual fixes that went in (see appended shortlog) were all fairly small, with the exception of some medium-sized infiniband changes that were all reverting code that just wasn't ready.

So it's out there - go and get it. And as a result, the merge window for 3.20 is obviously also now open.

More at the Linux Kernel Mailing List

Korora 21 released

Korora 21 is a distro that is based on Fedora 21. It is designed to be a bit more user-friendly. It comes in Cinnamon, GNOME, KDE and Xfce versions.

The Korora site has information about Korora 21:

It has taken a few weeks longer than we had hoped, but we're finally happy to announce that the final release of version 21 (codename "Darla") is now available for download (we strongly recommend using BitTorrent).

The 21 beta was quite successful and we were able to make some minor changes to help improve the overall experience. Users who are currently on the beta need not re-install, updates are provided via the package manager. Users who are on 20 may consider upgrading, however this is not necessary as version 20 is supported for another 6 months or so.

Features:

Cinnamon 2.4

GNOME 3.14

KDE Software Compilation 4.14.3

Xfce 4.10.1

Ruby 21.

OpenCL

Terminal

More at Korora

You can download Korora 21 with these links:

Korora 21 64-bit Cinnamon (1,753MB)

Korora 21 64-bit GNOME (1,859MB)

Korora 21 64-bit KDE (2,547MB)

Korora 21 64-bit Xfce (1,716MB)

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