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eWeek: Linux true to form; eWeek Labs finds 2.4's eventual advantages

Jan 16, 2001, 21:05 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Henry Baltazar)

"The new Linux 2.4 kernel delivers much-needed improvements in core operating system functions such as memory management and performance scalability. And, as is the norm for Linux, front-line application developers, power coders and hackers will see these benefits first."

"eWEEK Labs suggests that readers wait for distributions before moving their systems to the new kernel. Developers working on long-term projects and those with prerelease Intel Corp. IA-64 Itanium workstations might want to use this release, bearing in mind that very little performance tuning has been done on Itanium systems. We used a desktop machine from Penguin Computing Inc. to run the kernel."

"The core benefits of the 2.4 kernel are for high-end servers with multiple processors. In 2.4, the entire networking layer was rewritten to be more scalable. ...these enhancements are primarily geared toward enterprise performance and should not be implemented in production-class servers until more testing has been done."

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