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Joe Pranevich: The Wonderful World of Linux 2.6 (Draft 2)

Oct 27, 2003, 04:00 (5 Talkback[s])
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"I have just completed the second draft of my 'Wonderful World of Linux 2.6' article, current up until the 2.6.0-test9 kernel released yesterday. This update is largely cosmetic with a number of sections rewritten, but there are some nuggets of new information scattered throughout."

"Although it seems like only yesterday that we were booting up our first Linux 2.4 systems, time has ticked by and the kernel development team is nearing the completion of the v2.6 kernel. This document is intended as a general overview of the features in the upcoming kernel release, with a heavy bias toward i386 Linux. Unlike the pre-release announcements of most closed-source software, all of the features described in this document are currently available in the 2.6 "testing" series of kernels. (However, there is still the possibility that some features may be added or removed before the actual release.) Development on the kernel is currently in a feature-freeze and stability cycle and it is likely that the final release will not deviate much from what is currently available. Please also be aware that some of the 'new' features discussed here may have been back-ported to Linux 2.4 after first appearing in Linux 2.6, either officially or by a distribution vendor. I have also included information on a handful of cases where a new feature originated during the maintenance cycle of Linux 2.4, and those will be marked as appropriate in the text.

"What you are reading is the second draft of this document, dated 10/26/2003 and based on the 2.6.0-test9 development kernel. There will be other drafts released as additional work on the kernel is completed, but this document will not be 'officially' closed until after the final release. Although this is the second draft, there still may be errors and omissions; if you notice either, please let me know and I will be happy to fix them..."

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