October 3, 2002

Great debate: Linux by the numbers

"Linus Torvalds and other central Linux programmers are debating whether the next version of the operating system should be numbered 2.6, or if its new features merit the grander designation 3.0.

The debate began last week with a post to the Linux kernel mailing list by programmer Jeff Garzik. Amid a discussion of some storage-system features in the kernel, or core software, of Linux, Garzik asked, "Is it definitely to be named 2.6?"



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