2.6 Kernel to Push the Envelope
The Linux 2.6 production kernel promises to be the most advanced open-source platform developed to date.The Linux 2.6 production kernel promises to be the most advanced open-source platform developed to date, according to computer scientists who have been putting the 2.5 development kernel through its paces.
The 2.6 kernel, expected to be released by late next month, will move Linux further into the enterprise, though it will still have a ways to go to meet the demands of the largest enterprise database applications, said Tim Witham (pictured left), lab director for Open Source Development Lab Inc., here last week. "Right now, its an absolute no-brainer to use Linux in any of the infrastructure-type services and smaller databases," said Witham. "But the 2.6 kernel will move it up to bigger database applications. Thats the big one and the next real jump for Linux." Specific features driving the forthcoming 2.6 kernel toward database services include an enhanced scheduler and a threading library, Witham added.
OSDL was established in 2001 as a global consortium dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux in enterprise computing.