"The Linux movement is expected to reach another milestone next
month when Linus Torvalds officially sanctions the long-awaited
Linux 2.4 kernel for commercial release."
"The Linux founder and guardian, who is also an engineer at
Transmeta Corp., said the final kernel will be posted in early
"There are no known showstoppers, but I've asked all the major
Linux houses to start deploying the current test kernels internally
and start it through their test cycles," Torvalds said. "We've
already found a few things that way, and hopefully, a month of this
will shake out the worst."
"Linux 2.4 is deemed a major milestone because it
incorporates features important to the corporate sector, including
enhanced support for symmetric multiprocessing, USB support, and a
rewritten networking layer."
"In short, analysts say the enhanced kernel, which at this point
is a year late to market, will offer what corporations need most
from the underdog operating system: greater scalability."