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Linux Weekly News for January 11, 2001

Jan 11, 2001, 08:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jonathan Corbet, Elizabeth O. Coolbaugh, Michael J. Hammel)

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Leading items and editorials: The 2.4.0 kernel is out, Linux, PDAs and the consumer, The Filesystem Hierarchy Standard v2.2 is coming and Berlios software repository.

"The 2.4.0 kernel is out, finally. In a move timed to conflict badly with LWN's weekly edition publication cycle, Linus Torvalds announced the release of the 2.4.0 kernel on January 4. It has been a long wait, but the end product was well worth it. Much has been said about what's in this release: fine-grained locking (and thus better SMP scalability), Itanium support, 64GB memory support, devfs, completely rewritten firewalling, raw I/O, greatly increased device support, etc. Those looking for a comprehensive list of new features may want to have a look at Joseph Pranevich's Wonderful World of Linux 2.4 document...."

"Linux, PDAs and the consumer. The Personal Digital Assistant - PDA - has become the indispensable device for the new millennium that the Apple II was to the spike haired world of the 1980's. Linux users are constantly on the prowl for ways to use their favorite OS with the latest portable device, from the popular Palm Pilot to the Compaq iPAQ handheld to the G.Mate Yopy. All of these devices come with standard notepads, address books, and calendaring tools. Some, like the iPAQ and Yopy, run either with Linux as their OS or can be installed with Linux while others, like the Palm, simply have various Linux-based tools for syncing data between the device and a Linux PC...."

"The Filesystem Hierarchy Standard v2.2 is coming. The FHS is part of the the Linux Standard Base project; its purpose is to define the proper locations for files in the system. Application writers need to know where to find (and put) things if they are to write programs which work on multiple distributions, so this effort is important...."

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