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Chicago Tribune/Boston Globe: Linux Targeting Windows Gap

Feb 14, 2000, 17:14 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Hiawatha Bray)

"Linux creator Linus Torvalds admits the upstart software system still lags behind Microsoft Corp.'s Windows NT. But at this month's LinuxWorld Expo in New York, Torvalds vowed that Linux is moving quickly to close the gap...."

"Torvalds is working on the next version of the Linux "kernel," the part of the operating system that controls its most basic operations. Torvalds said the upgraded kernel, set for release this summer, will run on server computers containing up to eight processors. Better multiprocessor support is vital for Linux to handle the biggest corporate computing tasks. In another enticement to corporate users, the next Linux will be tuned to run on IBM's S/390 mainframe computers."

"To make Linux more consumer-friendly, the kernel will allow use of universal serial bus and FireWire connectors, making it easier to attach keyboards, mice and external drives to Linux computers. Torvalds also promised better support for 3-D graphic acceleration, good news for computer gamers."

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