Linux Kernel 2.4 is out - but when will Linux vendors start shipping it?

By: David Intersimone

Abstract: Yesterday, Linus Torvalds announced the availability of Linux 2.4. The first question is, "When will the Linux vendors start shipping it?"

Linux Kernel 2.4 is out - but when will Linux vendors start shipping it?

Yesterday, January 4, 2001, Linus Torvalds announced the availability of Linux Kernel 2.4. His newsgroup announcement mentioned that it was available, had been tested enough, and listed the major contributors and their contributions to the 2.4 version. Fans of Linux have been hitting web sites to download the latest version. One of the big questions from Linux users and the Linux press is, "When will the Linux Vendors start shipping it?"

How Soon Will We See It In A Distribution?

Most of the major Linux distribution vendors ("Distros") shipped product updates in the fourth quarter of 2000. When will they ship the new kernel with their distributions? In a Linux 2.4 CNET article, TurboLinux and Red Hat managers said they were still doing internal testing and would not ship the version right away. The article also said that corporate accounts were expected to take their time moving to the new kernel.

Download Linux 2.4

Hackers, enthusiasts, vendors and other fans of Linux are already hitting the download sites. Linux 2.4 is available for download at http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v2.4/.


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