"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
'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.'"