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Linux.com: Kernel 2.4 Ascends the Server

Feb 06, 2001, 00:36 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Michie)

"Linux Kernel 2.4 was seemingly written with the server in mind. Many of the old limits which prevented Linux adoption in the "enterprise" market have been lifted. Performance problems highlighted by the infamous Mindcraft Benchmark have been removed. More file systems and partitions types are supported, even NFS has been moderately improved. SMB support has continued to rock with the help of the SAMBA team."

"One important feature important to many database admins, is the removal of the 2 gigabyte file size limit. It is harder to pin down many other limits, as they vary based on the architecture the kernel is running on. For instance, under the Intel platform, Linux 2.4 now supports up to 64 gigabytes of RAM. Process and user ID limits have also been raised."

"Logical Volume Management (LVM) support is now available with the latest kernels. With LVM, an extra abstraction layer is added to file system management, allowing "virtual partitions" or a logical volume to be dynamically created and re-sized. If you've ever been a system administrator who has suddenly found that the partition you created for /home is now too small, LVM is for you. LVM is a defacto UNIX standard, and with 2.4, Linux grows up in the eyes of many seasoned admins."

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