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Subject[STATUS 2.5] January 17, 2001
I've seen several times on this list people wondering what features
were in the works for 2.5 and what the status of the development was.
I did some grepping on the archive and put together a list of things
that have been discussed / worked on for 2.5 over the past year or so.

It's probably pretty incomplete and full of errors at this point but
I'll be happy to update it if you send me email.

o Merged New scheduler for improved scalability (Ingo Molnar)
o Merged Rewrite of the block IO (bio) layer (Jens Axboe)
o Merged New kernel device structure (kdev_t) (Linus Torvalds)
o Merged Initial support for USB 2.0 (Greg KH, others)
o Ready Add User-Mode Linux (UML) (Jeff Dike)
o Ready Add ALSA (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture) (ALSA team)
o Ready IDE layer update (Andre Hedrick)
o <1 month New kernel build system (kbuild 2.5) (Keith Owens)
o <1 month New kernel config system: CML2 (Eric Raymond)
o Beta New driver API for Wireless Extensions (Jean Tourrilhes)
o Beta New IO scheduler (Jens Axboe)
o Beta Add JFS (Journaling FileSystem from SGI) (JFS team)
o Beta New VM with reverse mappings (Rik van Riel)
o Beta Add preempt kernel option (Robert Love)
o Beta Add resheduling points to remove latency (Andrew Morton)
o Beta Build option for Linux Trace Toolkit (LTT) (Karim Yaghmour)
o Beta Better event logging for enterprise systems (evlog team)
o Ongoing Better support of high-end NUMA machines (NUMA team)
o Alpha Add Asynchronous IO (aio) support (Ben LaHaise)
o Alpha Integrate EVMS into kernel (EVMS team)
o Started Rewrite of the framebuffer layer (James Simmons)
o Started New driver model & unified device tree (Patrick Mochel)
o Started Rewrite of the console layer (James Simmons)
o Started More complete NetBEUI and 802.2 net stacks (Alnaldo C de M)
o Draft #2 New lightweight library (klibc) (Greg KH)
o Draft #3 Replace initrd by initramfs (hpa, Al Viro)
o Planning Change all drivers to new driver model (All maintainers)
o Planning Add thrashing control (Rik van Riel)
o Planning Remove all hardwired drivers from kernel (Alan Cox, etc)
o Planning Porting all input devices over to input API (James Simmons)
o Planning generic parameter/command line interface (Keith Owens)

I hope this is helpful. Enjoy!

-- gb

Guillaume Boissiere

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