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2010 Was a Big Linux Year

Dec 23, 2010, 05:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

"2010 was a big year for Linux, with four major kernel releases, multiple enterprise Linux updates and some large vendor shifts that will likely affect the Linux market for years to come.

"The Kernel

"At the core of all Linux based operating systems is the Linux kernel. During 2010, Linus Torvalds presided over the release of four major kernel updates providing new performance, filesystem, security and driver support.

"The most recent kernel release is the 2.6.36 kernel which debuted at the end of October. Among the notable inclusions in the 2.6.36 kernel is the AppArmor security access control system, which is an alternative to SELinux which has been backed by Red Hat since at least 2004.

"The inclusion of AppArmor in the mainline Linux kernel was achieved in part due to the leadership of developers from Canonical working on Ubuntu Linux. Pete Graner, Manager of the Ubuntu Kernel at Canonical told InternetNews.com at the time, that there had been previous attempts by Novell to get AppArmor included in the Linux kernel, though they seemed to stall for one reason or another."

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