New Linux kernel released without penguin

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New Linux kernel released without penguin

The latest version of the Linux kernel has been released by Linus Torvalds with one instantly recognisable change – no Tux the Penguin.

Kernel 2.6.29 has some important changes, including some support for the Brtfs file system which will replace Ext and better support for WiMax wireless radio.

But users are more likely to notice that Torvalds has removed Tux and replaced him with a Tasmanian Devil wearing a penguin mask. This is a temporary measure to support the Australian campaign to save the rare marsupial.

“I've merged the new Tuz logo, so now my laptop boots up with two of these guys showing. See an earlier post about the plush version of this that I got while in Hobart for LCA 2009,” said Torvalds on his blog.

“Also see the Save The Tasmanian Devil site for details about the devils plight.”

Other changes in the kernel are largely going to go unnoticed Torvalds said but they include upgrading the the OCFS (Oracle Cluster Filesystem) and the addition of the squashFS filesystem, which is integrated for the first time.

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