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SearchEnterpriseLinux: Torvalds: Test Kernel Crucial for Proactive Enterprises

Oct 29, 2003, 17:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael S. Mimoso)

[ Thanks to Michael S. Mimoso for this link. ]

"Linux kernel creator Linus Torvalds released a test version of the Linux 2.6 kernel called test9 last weekend, a sure sign that a production version of the next kernel is fast approaching. Torvalds and 2.6 kernel maintainer Andrew Morton hope enterprise IT shops will download, install and test the kernel and report back an issues in a timely fashion in order to include it in a stable, production version. In this e-mail exchange with SearchEnterpriseLinux.com, Torvalds explains what kind of insight he hopes to gain from enterprises that install test9 and reveals a tentative release date for the kernel.

"Test9 is an opportunity to gather feedback from the user community on the 2.6 kernel. Are you particularly anxious to hear from users on any particular features of the 2.6 kernel? Any anxieties about a particular feature or enhancement?

"Linus Torvalds: No, there's no particular feature that I feel extra anxious over, but the wide testing is important partly because different people have different usage patterns, and those patterns trigger things that could otherwise have fallen through the cracks. This is particularly true with regard to hardware: getting a wide and varied test base to make sure updated drivers work reliably in all configurations..."

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