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The end of the road for Linux kernel 2.4

Oct 29, 2010, 22:33 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jon Masters)

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"The year was 2001, the tech world was reeling from the effects of the ongoing dot-com bust, Microsoft had recently been deemed a monopoly under US antitrust law, and Intel had just introduced the Pentium 4 to the market. In the midst of the various tribulations of the time came the release of Linux kernel 2.4 on 4 January 2001.

"It contained such revolutionary (for the time) features as support for USB, and ISA 'Plug and Play' – doing away with the need to configure hardware jumpers or run the special isapnp commands to make various adaptor cards work. Many other features we take for granted today soon followed, including support for logical volumes (LVM) from Sistina (later acquired by Red Hat), software RAID and the ext3 file system.

"Kernel 2.4 was revolutionary because it was the first kernel release that was truly embraced by enterprise users for use in their operations. Linux had had support for SMP (symmetric multiprocessing – another term for multiple CPUs) since 2.0, but the improvements in 2.4 driven by the newly involved big players (such as IBM)..."

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