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1/6/2001: Linus proclaims: "OK, already coarse; the kernel 2.4.0 is there out"
With his inimitable style of ironic humor and making a show of a praiseworthy modesty, Linus Torvalds (the original creator of the operating system Linux and holder of the above mentioned "commercial mark") has announced the availability of the kernel definitive 2.4.0. And it seems that the years of waiting have been worth it.
This kernel (the nucleus of the operating system) is an important evolution with regard to the previous versions family officially stable of the nucleus, them 2.2.x; in Linux, the "stable" versions are pairs, and "of development" odd. The advanced users usually use development versions, but the programmers of commercial distributions of Linux prefer to insure themselves and use versions you give birth, with more or less patch.
Between the numerous progress we have: USB support with connection in warm, IEEE 1394 (FireWire) and tens new technologies; I multiprocess with up to 16 microprocessors; support for IA64 (Itanium); and thousands of other small progress, updates and patches. Torvalds it sums up learnedly: "It is better".
The commercial distributions (Network Hat, TurboLinux, suse...) will use this nucleus as soon as possible, although they all make sure that they will prove it calmly, and even that they will wait to the minor appearance of some review (2.4.1, for example); but it is already a question of a question of weeks, not of years.
In another things order, from CsH we want to congratulate all the programmers who make possible the existence of this EXCELLENT operating system, which does not have anything that to envy to any other, is UNIX, Windows or MacOS (good, perhaps MacOS X...); starting by his economic price (free it is not great: truth?) and ending for his public code, which allows to modify it to taste of the user.
And thank you also to Linus Torvalds for beginning all this and for trying to be "a 'simple' technician" worried by the stability and the reliability, the place of an unthinking pitcher of new versions with debatable progress. Enjoy a beer, Linus and company: you have earned it.
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News written for: Juan Herrerías