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Advogato: Why We Should All Test the New Linux Kernel

Jan 04, 2001, 07:05 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Crawford)

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"Ladies and Gentlemen, we are approaching an important point in the history of Free Software - the imminent release of a major revision to the Linux kernel. Being the foundation to the systems the vast majority of us depend on for our own work, the correctness of the kernel is vital to the proper functioning of the programs those of us on Advogato develop. Please grab the latest 2.4.0-prerelease sources from the Kernel.org mirror site nearest you and give it a thorough test on your equipment, and with your programs."

"The current product kernel is 2.2.18, and for a long time the development kernels were the 2.3 series. The 2.4.0-test1 kernel came out earlier in the year and not only provides many new features to the Linux system, it is also a major rearchitecting of the kernel."

"I've been working with the 2.4.0-test and 2.4.0-prerelease kernels for most of this year and found that in general they work pretty well. I think I can safely say that they will be fine when used by someone who is a programmer or competent to administer their own Linux system. This is not to say that the kernel is yet trouble-free but is good enough to be worth using by anyone likely to be reading Advogato."

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