"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."