December 18, 2003

Linux 2.6.0 heart transplant imminent

Top programmers hope to release on Wednesday a major update to Linux, version 2.6.0, a change that's expected to help carry the open-source operating
system into new markets.

The new version of the core, or 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. From its lowly roots as a student project Linus Torvalds
began 12 years ago, the software has matured to become a major competitor to Microsoft and a key part of most computing companies' plans.



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