"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
"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."