"Anyone who's been following Linux kernel development for the
past several months has heard about one exciting feature after
another being merged into the still un-released 2.6 kernel. New
features that noticeably affect user experience include Robert
Love's preemptible kernel work, Ingo Molnar's O(1) Scheduler, Rik
Van Riel's reverse mapping VM, Nick Piggins' Anticipatory I/O
scheduler, and much, much more...
"Having some spare time a few nights ago, I decided to give the
latest kernel, 2.6.0-test4, a trial run on my aging 550Mhz PIII
desktop computer, and the result was nothing short of spectacular.
As the final 2.6.0 release approaches, it is important that an
increasing number of users (aka testers) give this kernel a try,
especially as currently it's still a sexy task for developers to
track down kernel bugs and stabalize their work. Once work starts
on the 2.7 development tree, inevitably much talent will again be
focusing on new features.
"The purpose of this document is to provide some helpful tips to
readers that currently compile their own 2.4 kernels, but haven't
yet made the leap to 2.6. This is still a development kernel, so
you may run into problems, but overall stability and performance is
quite impressive and I can't recommend enough that you try it