Linus Torvalds (Linus.Torvalds@cs.Helsinki.FI)
Thu, 14 Sep 1995 16:00:57 +0300

It's a bird..

It's a plane..

No, it's KernelMan, faster than a speeding bullet, to your rescue.
Doing new kernel versions in under 5 seconds flat..

[ Actually, it's been more than 24 hours, so I'm allowed ]

1.3.27 is available at the normal kernel sites (and mirrors, although it
is conceivable that mirror sites haven't even caught up with 1.3.26
yet). The 1.3.27 kernel should fix the Oops messages at login if you
used tcsh: it's a different fix than the one I sent out earlier, as I
decided that I used the wrong approach at first.

[ "Technical" digression: the original patch continued to see the page
fault counters as a part of the memory management information, which
doesn't necessarily make sense. The faults were due to the memory
management information having been free'd earlier, and no longer
available at the time a process did a "wait4()".

The 1.3.27 fix is essentially just realizing that the page fault
counters don't count memory management things as much as events that
occur in a thread, and as such the counters should be thread-specific
rather than shared across all threads sharing a common memory map. ]

Anyway, that's one large reason to upgrade to 1.3.27 (if you haven't
even upgraded to 1.3.26: shame on you, you lazy bum!). There are a few
other reasons:

- stallion multiport driver incorporated (previously available as
separate patches).
- sbpcd driver update
- some of the mouse drivers had problems with the modularization code:
that's fixed (I think).

Eh, that's it, I guess. No 300 million dollar unveiling event for this
kernel, I'm afraid, but you're still supposed to think of this as the
"happening of the century" (at least until the next kernel comes along).

Oh, and this is another kernel in that great and venerable "BugFree(tm)"
series of kernels. So be not afraid of bugs, but go out in the streets
and deliver this message of joy to the masses.