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Linux kernel 2.6.0 is out

By   |  December 18, 2003

Linux kernel 2.6.0 is out. Linux founder Linus Torvalds announced the long-awaited new kernel version in an email to the kernel mailing list. Torvalds said in the mail he was satisfied that most problems had been stamped out before the final update was delivered. \”It\’s not the totally empty patch I was hoping for, but judging by the bugs I worked on personally, things are looking pretty good.\”

The new version of the kernel of Linux has several changes that make Linux better suited to powerful computers with numerous processors, a market dominated today by servers running versions of the Unix operating system on which Linux is based.

The new version will be the first major change since 2.4.0 was released in January 2001.

ZDNet writes that \”Torvalds has been locking down the 2.6.0 test versions for months, and Andrew Morton, the programmer in charge of 2.6.0, has said he expected the software to be released in December. Torvalds formally passed the 2.6 baton to Morton in his announcement: \’We\’ll work together, but Andrew is boss.\’

\”Torvalds said the remaining bugs were obscure and hard to find, giving an example a problem that cropped up only with 16- or 32-processor servers with faulty hard drives.

\”At the top of Morton\’s list of changes coming with 2.6.0 is the ability to run on multiprocessor servers the machines that run around the clock, handling tasks such as bank account management, stock trades, supermarket sales transactions and e-mail delivery. Whereas the 2.4 kernel works on servers with four or sometimes


One Response to “Linux kernel 2.6.0 is out”

  1. patrick
    January 9th, 2004 @ 12:00 am

    2.6.1 out today

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