"Now that the 2.6 version of the Linux kernel is in beta,
enterprise Linux users are anxious to see how the next six months
will play out with regard to the core of the operating system and
how it expands enterprise adoption.
"Several Linux experts heading for LinuxWorld in San Francisco
this week and contacted by SearchEnterpriseLinux.com identified the
release of the next version of the kernel as the most anticipated
Linux development for the next six months.
"The new kernel, according to author Linus Torvalds, who spoke
recently with SearchEnterpriseLinux.com, features 'more robust
[virtual machine] behavior (in particular, better latency control),
better thread handling, improved scalability in a lot of areas,
notably file systems, and a lot better block device layer
infrastructure.' All of the above are crucial to enterprises
wishing to enjoy the cost savings and control that Linux and
open-source software bring..."