"Linus Torvalds, the "father" of the Linux operating system,
sent testers and developers a 2.4 prerelease kernel over the
"While Torvalds had previously said he hoped to release the
final code for the 2.4 kernel by the end of December, testers got
the prerelease instead."
"The prerelease allows interested parties to examine and test
what is essentially the final version of the code for the 2.4
kernel. Unless these testers find significant bugs or problems,
Torvalds is expected to release the final code shortly
"We are most excited about the prerelease and are keen to be
involved with the final testing and stabilization of this code,"
said Lonn Johnston, vice president of corporate communications for
Linux distributor Turbolinux, in Brisbane, Calif."
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