The 2.5 development kernel will become the production 2.6 kernel once it is stable enough, the code is frozen and enough bugs have been fixed, Frye said. "There are still several hundred defects open," Frye said. "There are some issues and things that need to be improved before it becomes production 2.6.""My expectation is that Linus wont move to 2.6 until things are better than they are today," Frye said. Torvalds has told developers working on 2.6 that he hopes to have the 2.7 kernel opened up by the Kernel Summit at the end of July. According to Witham, a number of features that the development community believes are not yet ready to be incorporated into the 2.6 kernel may very well be pushed to 2.7. Among these features are support for complete Non-Uniform Memory Access as well as an EVMS (Enterprise Volume Management System), which deals with the difficult and controversial issue of volume management, Frye said, adding that 2.6 would be better than 2.4 in terms of volume management even without the EVMS. Oracle Corp. and Red Hat Inc. officials have also previously called for volume management. Wim Coekaerts, principal member of Oracles technical staff, in Redwood Shores, Calif., said: "We would like Linux to have a Logical Volume Manager. The 2.6 kernel will have a device manager, but we need an LVM." Paul Cornier, executive vice president of Red Hat, in Raleigh, N.C., agreed. "Making a more generic cluster file system is important to us, as is an industrial-strength Logical Volume Manager," Cornier said. "A distributed lock manager completes things. This is functionality that needs to go into the operating system but is unlikely to be found in the next [kernel] upgrade." IBMs Frye said that theres clearly a need for an improved volume management system and that Linux is not yet good enough in that regard. Most Recent Linux Stories:
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The timing of that transition will depend on Linus Torvalds, the creator and chief developer of Linux. But the improved stability of the 2.5 kernel, even at this stage, could mean that Linux vendors will be able to release distributions based on 2.6 more quickly.