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Linus Torvalds has released a new version of Linux that temporarily kills off Tux, the cutesy Penguin mascot. Yesterday the big daddy of Linux announced the availability of Linux kernel 2.6.29, which comes with support for a preliminary version of the Btrfs filesystem. Support for the filesystem created by Chris Mason has …


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  1. James Le Cuirot
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    Wireless AP

    I should be able to use my USB wireless adapter as an access point now, thanks to this kernel. :) Just need to wait for AMD to update the fglrx driver so that I can actually use it. :(

  2. Marky W

    New trousers please!

    ZOMG I seem to have soiled myself with excitement!!

    My mistake, it was actually just a loss of motor control brought on by extreme indifference.


  3. Anonymous Coward
    Gates Horns

    PS3 important change..

    Can now access the full 512MB of memory via PS3FB filesystem. You want ultra-fast swap? You got it...

    It's 50% quicker than the kernel patch that YDL6.1 has been using...

  4. Matt Bryant Silver badge

    Go Tux!!, I mean Tuz!

    Here's hoping BtrFS puts paid to the ZFS-will-rule-the-OSS-World bleating from the Sunshiners. Now, if the uberPenguinistas will kindly download it and fix all the bugs before I get round to playing with it around July time I'll be quite happy!

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  6. Tom Chiverton

    "Nothing really exciting"

    "Nothing really exciting", except, of course, Kernel Mode Setting (on Intel only for this release) which enables X to run non-root, more reliable suspend, quicker, flicker free boots, etc.

  7. Marvin the Martian
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    Finally the penguins can clear their name!

    This proves that The Wrong Trousers --- wherein a penguin impersonates a chicken for nefarious ends --- was wrong, it most certainly was a tasmanian devil who was the perpetrator!

  8. Paul Foxworthy

    Tuz was the mascot for 2009

    Tuz the Tasmanian devil was the mascot for the conference held in January 2009 in Hobart, Tasmania. It was a brilliant idea - the Tassie Devil with the penguin disguise to fit in with all the penguinistas coming to Hobart. Attendees are proud owners of Tuz stuffed toys.

    There is a charity auction at the conference dinner every year, and this year the cause was Save The Tassie Devil. The auction was a free-ranging affair. Linus Torvalds offered to change the logo from Tux to Tuz for one release of the kernel if the bidding reached a good amount.

    Also at the auction Bdale Garbee of HP was persuaded (again, after demanding higher bids) to allow Linus Torvalds to shave off his beard, which duly happened on Friday and made the television news in Hobart. Pictures, complete with Bdale holding Tuz, at /slideshow_linus_torvalds_shaves_bdale_garbee_beard?fp=4194304&fpid=1

    A blow-by-blow description of the auction is at

    The auction was on the evening Wednesday 21 January. I think Linus was surprised when the patch to change Tux to Tuz was submitted overnight, and a Linux with Tuz was shown booting at a conference keynote speech the next morning.

    More on Tuz replacing Tux, if only for one kernel release, at

  9. Zygote

    What the hell...

    ... is that picture in the article?

    Since when does a Tasmanian Devil have a BEAK?

  10. Jeff

    Tassie Devils != Cute

    Have you ever tried to bathe a grumpy cat? Well that's about the same as a Tassie devil at it's most placid. They're vicious little beasties. It's a real shame about the face eating disease they all seem to be getitng :(

    These animals are what I love the most about being Australian. Even the small cuddly looking ones will try to rip your face off.

  11. Anonymous Coward

    Location for donations...

    just 'coz it's not in the story...

    The tumour's caused a really nasty virus... that's a clone... and transmissible. Chances of it jumping host to humans is next to non-existant. Still, it's a perfect opportunity to (a) save an endangered species (b) study clone viruses (c) study cancers

  12. Anonymous Coward

    Penguins and Tassie Devils

    Both found in Tasmania.

    I can see a connection here.

  13. Mat
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    You *plainly* haven't actually read the whole article have you..............


  14. Anonymous Coward
    Black Helicopters

    Taz please -- not Tuz

    Being an Aussie - and given that the 'slang' name for Tasmania is "Tassie", please call the devil by the right name "Taz".

    And yes I am sure that Linus didnt want to change Tuxs' name too much, but I would venture to suggest that most Aussies would know the Tassie Devil as Taz.

  15. kain preacher


    I was under the impression that every thing in Oz was potentially hazardous to your health. I mean just look at politicians

  16. Anonymous Coward
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    @Taz AC

    As would anyone who watched Looney Tunes in the 90s...

    Come one everyone!

    He put the Taz in Taz-Mania,

    Down in Tazmania,

    Come to Tazmania,

    We mean you!


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