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Feb 14, 2001, 22:29 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Berkes)

"To a new, prospective, or casual Linux user, the excitement surrounding the release of the new Linux kernel might seem a little confusing. What is this "kernel thing" as one newcomer called it, why is it so important, and how do you get your hands on it without imploding your system in the process?"

"The rush to upgrade is on whenever one of the dozens of Linux distributions announces a new version. In the quest to become the first geek on the block with an up-to-date system, users can expect sluggish FTP servers and timed-out downloads. That flurry of activity is small potatoes compared with what happens when Linux creator Linus Torvalds announces a new kernel."

"Flashy, multimedia-drenched press conferences heralding a revolutionary new computing experience usually accompany the announcement of a new closed source and commercial operating system. Companies like Microsoft and Apple spend millions of dollars to rake in millions of consumer dollars -- not to mention press coverage -- on their newest products."

"When one of the most anticipated events in the Open Source community happened, the copy to announce it was, well, a little more understated. On the night of January 4, Torvalds posted the following to the Kernel Mailing List...."

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