"The new kernel will allow better scalability for large-scale
operations," says Russell C. Pavlicek, Linux advocate and author of
Embracing Insanity: Open Source Software Development.
"Improvements to the I/O and networking code should increase
the ability of Linux to perform well under very heavy loads... This
means that more corporations may take a hard look at using Linux
within the enterprise."
"The addition of the kernel HTTP server will be of great
interest to anyone doing heavy-duty Web serving. It does not
replace Apache or other servers that handle dynamic content, but it
can speed up serving of static files, [such as] plain HTML pages,
with no CGI or PHP," says Joe "Zonker" Brockmeier, freelance writer
and author of Install, Configure, and Customize Slackware LINUX and
The Linux Desk Reference."
"The growth of the Linux market share has come mainly at the
expense of proprietary UNIX, so we expect the consolidation of the
UNIX market around Linux to continue and, in fact, to accelerate
with the addition of 2.4," notes Preston Brown, Manager of Linux OS
Development at Red Hat."