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CNET News.com: New Linux shows promise in heavy-duty business use

Oct 05, 2000, 20:44 (8 Talkback[s])
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"Linux long has been criticized for not being able to tap into the potential power of large servers, but programmers have begun taking early steps to push it onto these high-end machines."

"The next version of the core of Linux, the 2.4 kernel, is up and running on Sun Microsystems' top-end E10000 server with 24 processors, Linuxcare chief technology officer Dave Sifry said today. Linuxcare's Anton Blanchard led the effort, he said, and several other programmers helped."

"The milestone, however, is not yet proof of Linux's readiness for this high-end environment, which also requires proof of performance, higher-level software, and the faith of corporate buyers. It also needs a production-quality release of the 2.4 kernel, which is arriving months later than expected and is still in beta testing."

"Getting an operating system to work on these symmetrical multiprocessing (SMP) computers is a key obstacle as Linux takes on its progenitor, Unix, as well as Microsoft's Windows 2000. Solaris, Sun's version of Unix, works on computers with up to 105 CPUs, Sun has said, and Microsoft has just released a version of Windows that can use 32 CPUs."

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