Linux 2.6 test version released
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Date: Thursday, July 17, 2003
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Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux
unveiled recently the Linux kernel's much-awaited 2.6 version The 2.6 kernel includes support for Non-Uniform Memory Architecture (NUMA) servers, which means that it is expected to strengthen Linux's appeal as a multiprocessor operating system.
Linux 2.6 will now support embedded processors without the need for memory management units, such as Motorola's Dragonball and ColdFire processors. "The point of the test versions is to make more people realize that they need testing and get some straggling developers realizing that it's too late to worry about the next big feature," said Torvalds.
Torvalds was optimistic that the beta phase for the new kernel would be shorter than the seven months it took to complete Linux 2.4, which resulted in repeated delays.
Linux vendors Red Hat
and SuSE Linux
are now preparing their own Linux 2.6 test kernels to offer to adventurous customers and software companies that may want to test the new code.
SuSE's test kernels will become available near the beginning of the third quarter of 2003, according to a company spokesperson. Red Hat's will be available within the month.
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