Linus Torvalds has released the latest version of the Linux kernel with one instantly recognisable change: no Tux the Penguin.
Kernel 2.6.29 has some important changes, including 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 the Penguin icon 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 will largely go unnoticed, Torvalds said, but include upgrading the Oracle Cluster Filesystem and the addition of the squashFS filesystem, which is integrated for the first time.
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