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Linux Journal: New Linux Features

Dec 04, 1999, 16:42 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Phil Hughes)

"This column and show will pick up from last week, and looks at some of the features appearing in new Linux distributions."

"First, KDE 1.1.2 is available in most of the new distributions. KDE, the K Desktop Environment, is one of the two popular GUIs for Linux. KDE-specific applications are growing rapidly in number. KDE 1.1.2 brings bug fixes as well as new applications."

"Another geekly feature which appears first in SuSE 6.3 is a journaling file system. HP and SGI have offered such a system for years, but this is the first time it has appeared in a Linux distribution. Journaling file systems are based on transactions against the file system. They are very crash-safe, but while disk sizes continue to grow, they have another very important feature. Because of their transaction-based architecture, there is no need to conduct a check of the entire file system for consistency. In other words, you don't have to run fsck after a crash. Depending on the size of your disks, this could save minutes to hours on system startup after a crash."

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