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InfoWorld: Linux 2.4 breaks the enterprise barrier

Jan 15, 2001, 10:19 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Railsback)

"With its more robust SMP (symmetric multiprocessing) support, improved reliability, and increased driver availability for high-end hardware, the 2.4 kernel makes Linux an even stronger contender in the enterprise space. This version has been long in coming, but the extensive testing and optimizations make it a perfect fit in high-performance, mission-critical situations...."

"Released a year later than first projected, the kernel was exhaustively debugged and improved. Members of the development team are currently working on in-depth security audits of Version 2.4 and the current stable kernels. This will increase the overall security and reliability of Linux-based systems, which is vital for those deploying mission-critical solutions on the Linux OS."

"Scalability is another big issue in large environments. Version 2.2 of the Linux kernel can scale well only to as many as four processors, whereas many high-end systems ship with eight and 16 CPUs. But the revised 2.4 kernel can handle 16 or more processors without taking a large performance hit in coordinating tasks among CPUs. Linux can now move into these high-end environments without creating a performance bottleneck."

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