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LinuxWorld.com.au: Kernel 2.4 - what's in store?

Nov 10, 2000, 14:18 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gavin Sherry)

"Linux enthusiasts have long awaited the release of Linux kernel 2.4. All aspects of Linux usage have been closely considered in the development of 2.4 and the kernel has been optimised along those lines, from entry level to enterprise. The results will bring considerable weight to the push for Linux in business computing as commercial quality Unix features continue to be offered in an open source model."

"The development of 2.4 focused strongly on supporting new hardware and CPU level architectures. Three new hardware architectures have been introduced: IA-64, Intel's 64-bit Itanium processor; S/390, an IBM mainframe architecture; and the SuperH processor architecture, used by the Windows CE hardware. 2.4 has also been optimised for Crusoe, the new lightweight chip from Transmeta."

"Linux Itanium development has attracted a lot of attention from big business. Contributions have been made by Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, VA Linux, Red Hat, SuSE, TurboLinux, SGI, LinuxCare and many others. With this, Linux looks set to support extensively IA-64 architecture from the minute Intel begins shipping - which could be as early as late this year."

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