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Kernel 2.6 Offers Advantages to Developers

The source code is being characterized as a major release, one imbued with features that take Linux even deeper into the realm of mainstream computing.
Linux developers of all stripes can finally sink their teeth into the new and long-awaited Linux operating system kernel, 2.6. The source code is being characterized as a major release, one imbued with features that take Linux even deeper into the realm of mainstream computing, according to Tim Witham, lab director of OSDL, which will oversee maintenance of the kernel.

At a macro level, Witham says the 2.6 version vastly improves application performance and throughput. In addition, here's a quick list of several other improvements to the 2.6 kernel, courtesy of OSDL:

    On the server:

  • Better scalability and overall speed increase enabled by new processor scheduler and simultaneous multithreading and support for non-uniform memory access

  • Can now run applications that access large blocks of memory

  • Network file system is faster, more scalable and secure

    On the desktop:

  • Preemptible feature enables kernel to be interrupted midtask

  • New I/O scheduler to improve application's performance

  • Wireless support

  • Laptop power savings

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