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CNET News: Linux Heavies Play Version Name Game

Oct 03, 2002, 16:00 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"Linus Torvalds and other central Linux programmers are debating whether the next version of the operating system should be numbered 2.6, or if its new features merit the grander designation 3.0.

"The debate began last week with a post to the Linux kernel mailing list by programmer Jeff Garzik. Amid a discussion of some storage-system features in the kernel, or core software, of Linux, Garzik asked, 'Is it definitely to be named 2.6?'

"Torvalds, the founder of the Linux kernel effort and still its leader, replied that he saw "no real reason to call it 3.0," saying there aren't enough significant changes to warrant such a major new designation. Later, though, Torvalds opened the door for the loftier label..."

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