Now that the Linux 2.6 kernel has been released and is being worked into distributions, many in the open-source community are turning their attention to the next development and test kernel, known as the 2.7 tree.
To get an early glimpse at some of the thinking going into the next kernel, key vendors that aid in shaping the Linux kernel helped eWEEK last week put together a long-range wish list for 2.7.
For some, additional desktop functionality would be welcome for the development kernel, which is not likely to be finalized until next year.
Wim Coekaerts, director of Linux engineering for Oracle Corp., of Redwood Shores, Calif., told eWEEK: "The 2.6 kernel is a server release, so we can expect to see a greater desktop focus, which will be beneficial to us, as more users will be able to use Linux to run their clients really well."
On the server side, there are a lot of patches that will be merged into the 2.6 kernel or move into 2.7, Coekaerts said.
"Some basic clustering support would be nice. That is not going to get into 2.6, as theres no framework for it. Im talking about the notion of having a cluster name, clusterwide time stamps," Coekaerts said.
Amazon, which has been running Linux since 2000, has been steadily moving its infrastructure from Sun Microsystems Inc.s Unix servers to Hewlett-Packard Co. ProLiant servers running Linux. The company said in a 2001 Securities and Exchange Commission filing that Linux cut its technology expenses by $16 million, or 25 percent.