Linux gets fresh kernel
By Robert Lemos, CNET News.com
Updated code for the heart of current Linux products was released last Friday, in
the first major revamp to the kernel since November.
Linus Torvalds, maintainer Marcelo Tosatti and the main Linux developers issued the
update to the latest stable version of the 2.4-series Linux kernel. The release, version
2.4.21, adds support in the open-source operating system for a host of new devices and
corrects software flaws. It also incorporates support for Advanced Micro Devices'
64-bit Opteron processor.
Tosatti, the person who oversees development of the 2.4-series kernel, and Torvalds,
the original creator of the Linux kernel and now the person who oversees the kernel
development process, have signed off on the latest version of the core code amid
Unix vendor SCO Group has accused IBM of copying its proprietary code and including
it in the Linux kernel. Big Blue has until today to meet SCO's demand that it comply
with the terms of its Unix license or face revocation of its rights. However, IBM says it
hasn't done anything wrong and isn't likely to yield to SCO's demands.
The software update arrives in the month that Torvalds estimated the next version of
the core Linux software, 2.6, would arrive. Torvalds had frozen the feature of the next
generation of the kernel last October in order to hash out existing issues.
The new kernel can be downloaded from the Linux development site Kernel.org