Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Finally! 2.6.38-9 is it!

It took 9 revisions but as of kernel 2.6.38-9, my arch box can now reboot and halt fine (just need to put 'rmmod e1000e' in /etc/rc.local.shutdown) and I can live with it for now. For the longest time (about 2 months) after upgrading to 2.6.38 my box just would not reboot or poweroff without hanging and I was actually toying around with idea of replacing my Arch with Fedora 15.

The relevant posts:

1. Arch Forums

2. Kernel bugzilla

I wonder what magicks was sprinkled on this latest stable kernel. Wish there was like someway to read changelogs for revisions on the command line just before I do a 'pacman -Syu', or is there really a changelog maintained for the kernel? From the looks on the kernel bugzilla, it doesn't seem to be moving at all at the moment.

Friday, June 10, 2011

systemd for opensuse

As a guy who use openSuSE daily for my work, I like the direction that openSuSE has been treading in the past and now. I am not that intune with the community but then the direction they always take seem to walk the fine line between bring in the latest and greatest changes and maintaining a stability that allow for the majority of the users being able to use it for work. While guys like Fedora and Arch seems to throw caution to the wind bring in the changes with seemingly little regard for stability, openSuSE in my books have always been successful at the almost impossible task of maintaining a stable environment with the slew of changes coming from all directions. One thing that comes to my mind when writing this is their decision to maintain kde3 together with kde4 when kde4 was born to aid the transition 4.x.

With this in mind I look forward to the systemd integration into OpenSuSE planned for 12.1. Looks like there are a lot of overwhelming wins using systemd compared to the old systems. I was beginning to think that the OpenSuSE camp was a bit quiet compared to Ubuntu opting for upstart and Fedora going the Plymouth way. The only downside I can see for this is that untypical of something that is usually brought into the OpenSuSE, systemd seems to be the youngest of all the projects and I envision a lot of work ahead to stabilize it down for the future. This is something that I am definitely looking forward to in the Roadmap for openSuSE.