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eWeek: Refined standards, new concepts taking shape; Linux a key technology to watch next year

Dec 04, 2000, 20:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Timothy Dyck)

"Linux will remain a key technology to watch next year, and the action should begin in the first quarter following the release of Version 2.4 of the Linux kernel, which should usher in significant advances. Linux creator Linus Torvalds has said the 2.4 kernel is likely to become available this month, so the first 2.4-based Linux distributions should ship in the first quarter of next year."

"The Linux 2.4 kernel development process has focused on improving performance on larger machines and building in support for new hardware options such as Universal Serial Bus and architectures such as Intel Corp.'s 64-bit Itanium and IBM's S/390."

"Another important goal has been to improve SMP (symmetric multiprocessing) performance. A new process-scheduling algorithm to speed response time for network server applications such as Web servers is in the works, as are an SMP-improved disk cache design and a more SMP-capable networking layer. Developers have targeted Web server performance with a kernel-level Web server called khttpd. Another new Linux kernel-level Web server, Red Hat Inc.'s Tux, posted spectacular results this year in Standard Performance Evaluation Corp.'s SPECweb99 Web server benchmark."

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