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By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2001-02-05 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Linux 2.4.1, which will be available in the near term, will give the operating system its last missing piece: a journaling file system (JFS).

Linux 2.4.1, which will be available in the near term, will give the operating system its last missing piece: a journaling file system (JFS). This is expected to be the latest version of ReiserFS. Like any JFS, its journaling support will eliminate the need for file system checking after emergency shutdowns—making for faster and safer disaster recovery.

Meanwhile, IBM plans to contribute improved code for even bigger and better logical-volume-manager control. Big Blue also is working toward what it calls Networking RAM for Linux. With Networking RAM, programs will not only be distributed between processors, multiple processors will be able to divide up work among each processors RAM allocation. This supercomputing concept will, in theory, enable Linux clusters to be scaled up to address problems such as weather analysis.

 
 
 
 
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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