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Feb 03, 2001, 18:01 (2 Talkback[s])
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"It finally happened. The moment you've all been waiting for -- Linux 2.4! Not only has the last month shown us Linux 2.4.0, but Linus and the gang have also graced us with Linux 2.4.1 which adds features such as the brilliant journaling filesystem, ReiserFS. It seems like Linus, Alan, and the rest have certainly not backed down with the release of 2.4.0, and we can undoubtedly except many more great Linux updates in the years to come."

"2.4 is not only a milestone, it is also an integral update for any user wishing to a build a new Linux box. No longer do we need to patch in USB on our own -- Linux supports it natively. Behind us are the days when IEEE 1394 was unsupported -- Linux 2.4 adds such support. Along with these two busses, Linux 2.4 adds many more enhancements and expands the list of supported hardware. While I'd love to ramble on about this forever, I've already done that once since the release of Linux 2.4, so I'd suggest you check out my Kernel Shoot-Out: 2.2 VS. 2.4 if you're interested in all that is new and holy in Linux 2.4."

"Still, even with the release of Linux 2.4, Linux has definitely seen its fair share of ups and downs within the last month. Corel sold off its Linux division, Stormix, creators of Storm Linux, has filed for bankruptcy, and Loki has seen three of its core team members resign and move onto other companies. While Linux is on the rise, it is facing some tough times."

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