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SSD Failure Temporarily Halts Linux 3.12 Kernel Work

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Published on 10 September 2013 10:56 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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The failure of a solid-state drive in Linus Torvalds' main workstation has led to new activity during the Linux 3.12 kernel merge window being temporarily suspended.

While we're nearing the end of the Linux 3.12 merge window where major new features and other new developments are committed, the failure of the main SSD in Torvalds' workstation is preventing him from pushing anything to the mainline Git tree.

Torvalds is attempting to recover the dead hard disk but at the moment it doesn't appear easy and subsystem maintainers who have outstanding pull requests may need to re-submit their requests in the coming days. If the SSD disk isn't recoverable he will finish out the Linux 3.12 merge window from a laptop.

In his RIP dead harddisk message, Torvalds didn't comment on the circumstances surrounding the SSD's death or the drive's model. If it's the same configuration though as he's talked about in the past, it's an Intel SSD.

For those not yet familiar with the features that have already been merged for Linux 3.12, on Phoronix you can already read about some of the good features to this next major kernel update.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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