Linux,  Mandriva

Noteworthy changes 30 November – 20 December 2009

Lots of important changes happened in Mandriva Cooker during the last few weeks. Here is a quick summary:

  • GNOME has been updated to the development version 2.29.3. There is a new game, called LightsOff, Empathy has improved IRC support, Evince supports PDF file attachment annotations and opens each document in a separate process, more and more applications support Seed and more applications have been ported to new APIs such as GtkBuilder.
  • KDE is now at version 4.4 beta 1.
  • Amarok 2.2.2 beta 1 brings improved podcast support, custom track labels and other improvements.
  • Linux kernel 2.6.32 is now used in Cooker. Per-backing-device based writeback gives better writing performance under many workloads, kernel samepage merging gives huge improvements in memory usage when running many virtual machines with qemu-kvm, CFQ low latency mode will provide better interactivity for desktop workloads when there’s background I/O activity. There are more improvements to KVM virtualization, power consumption reduction and of course hardware support improvements.
  • Glibc 2.11 brings many performance improvements, especially in combination with STT_GNU_IFUNC support in the new binutils package in Cooker.
  • Firefox 3.6 beta 5 is now available in main/release. This means all users will be updated to this version now.
  • Mono 2.6 and MonoDevelop 2.2 bring performance improvements, a better user interface and a new debugger.