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Linus declares 'Stability Freeze' on Linux 2.6 Kernel

Linus declares 'Stability Freeze' on Linux 2.6 Kernel

Linus Torvalds announced today that all further pre-release updates to the version 2.6 Linux kernels would be bug fixes only as 2.6 test kernels are about to reach versions –test8 and –test9.

The following is an excerpt from his e-mail to the Kernel Mailing List, Wednesday October 8, 2003:

The more interesting thing is that I and Andrew are trying to calm down development, and I do _not_ want to see patches that don't fix a real and clear bug. In other words, the 'cleanup and janitorial' stuff is on hold, and -test8 and then -test9 should be for _stability_ fixes only. In other words, this should calm things down so that by the end of October we can look at the state of 2.6.0 without having a lot of noise from 'not strictly necessary' stuff.

Version 2.6 of the Linux kernel is the first major stable release since version 2.4 was released in January 2001. Some of the anticipated features in version 2.6 that have been in development are:

  • Improved performance of the Linux virtual memory (VM) subsystem.
  • Improved device support including USB 2.0 support and Advanced Linux Sound Support (ALSA).
  • Linux Virtual file system (VFS) improvements including the new namespace feature and many new file systems have been merged into the kernel these include, ext3, JFS, XFS and NFSv4.

Expectations for release of version 2.6 are later this year with “big iron” vendors like IBM hoping to ship products in Q1 or Q2 of 2004.

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Mark Hinkle is the Senior Director, Open Soure Solutions at Citrix. He also is along-time open source expert and advocate. He is a co-founder of both the Open Source Management Consortium and the Desktop Linux Consortium. He has served as Editor-in-Chief for both LinuxWorld Magazine and Enterprise Open Source Magazine. Hinkle is also the author of the book, "Windows to Linux Business Desktop Migration" (Thomson, 2006). His blog on open source, technology, and new media can be found at http://www.socializedsoftware.com.

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Kaio Rafael 10/13/03 09:33:48 AM EDT

Linux has change a lot of stuffs here at my job, and when i need to make a upgrade in my network, i look for stability. And Linux give that... Congratulation for all developers to make it real.

Kaio Rafael
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Manaus - Amazon - Brazil

Eric Yeoh 10/09/03 10:10:30 PM EDT

Hmmm.....I all for anything that'll make USB devices play nice with GNU/Linux. Since practically every peripheral is USB-ied, I will have another reason to persuadde my die-hard Windows pals to give GNU/Linux a spin.

Can't wait for it to be released.