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eWeek: Torvalds, Cox Agree on the Future Kernel

Nov 06, 2001, 17:30 (27 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Galli)

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"The battle over the Linux kernel that has divided the developer community appears to be over?at least for now.

Last week, Linux creator Linus Torvalds and Linux developer Alan Cox told eWEEK that they will both embrace a new Virtual Memory manager and implement it in forthcoming iterations of the operating system. Cox has, until now, continued to use the existing VM in the version of the 2.4 kernel he maintains.

The unified front is good news for the Linux community, given the need for Linux to be seen as an enterprise, mission-critical operating system.

'IBM and Compaq [Computer Corp.] are certainly pushing in that direction. Compaq is also working on high-end, open-source clustering code,' Cox wrote in an e-mail. 'We have folks stuffing Linux into handhelds, and 2.5 is likely to also include work to reduce the minimal kernel size.'"

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