Not that long ago Linux barely had two drivers to rub together. Now it claims to support 'more hardware devices than any other operating system in the history of the world' and, figuring it's time to push IHVs to open their code, 150 Linux kernel developers, including Alan Cox, signed ...
Jul. 1, 2008 01:45 PM EDT Reads: 9,733
Nov. 9, 2007 02:45 PM EST Reads: 41,493 Replies: 1
'The Linux kernel is under the GPL version 2. Not anything else.' That was the crystal clear statement this week by Linus Torvalds on the Linux Kernel mailing list. He added, in characteristically frank fashion: 'Some individual files are licenceable under v3, but not the kernel in gen...
Jan. 27, 2006 06:15 AM EST Reads: 24,160
In a good example of how fast security issues are tackled in the world of Linux, the bug that a young Norwegian programmer found in the Linux kernel that could crash most Linux 2.4 or 2.6 distributions has already been fixed, with the release of Linux 2.6.7 last night.
Jun. 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 15,650 Replies: 2
Open Source Development (This Article Is the Winner of PRSA 2003 Award in Excellence in Technology Journalism)
(From LinuxWorld Magazine, October 2003) Most people who know anything about Linux know that the kernel – the core of the operating system, Linux itself really – is developed by Linus Torvalds and a large number of volunteers. And yet, ultimately, explains award-winning LinuxWorld Maga...
May. 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 35,353
The new Linux 2.6.6 kernel, a maintenance release correcting vulnerabilities existing in previous releases, was released this week.
May. 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 12,429
Software provides functionality for the benefit of real people. Most software resides in applications, not in drivers or kernels. Today the open source community needs enabling kernels like Linux far less than it needs enabling application frameworks like Mozilla.
Jan. 19, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 21,199
In Australia to attend a conference, where he has been following GNOME sessions with particular interest, Linus Torvalds has been saying that he thinks that in all likelihood 'normal users' won't see a Linux desktop for 10 years.
Jan. 19, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 40,319
A critical security vulnerability has been found in the Linux kernel memory management code in mremap(2) system call due to incorrect bound checks. The community, as ever, has reacted quickly to put matters right.
Jan. 6, 2004 12:00 AM EST Reads: 28,351
The Debian security team has confirmed that last week's compromise was the result of an exploit using an integer overflow in the brk system call.
Dec. 1, 2003 12:00 AM EST Reads: 26,110
Alan Cox, second most influential Linux kernel hacker after Linus Torvalds, is going to take a year off from his work at Red Hat maintaining the 2.2 kernel and will study for an MBA...plus perfect his Welsh.
Aug. 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 11,197
Linux currently enjoys tremendous momentum in the contest for the enterprise data center. Several factors contribute to this momentum, including the high cost of alternative platforms, newfound maturity and stability in the Linux OS, and undoubtedly the success of Intel's high-end line...
Aug. 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 44,985 Replies: 1
The Linux 2.6 kernel is expected to be released this summer, bringing not only a huge improvement in performance but also big cost savings to the many enterprises ready to migrate from Unix.
Aug. 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 37,546 Replies: 1
Linus Torvalds Urges Enterprise Users of Linux: “Get Started Bug-Testing on the 2.6test Beta Release”
(July 16, 2003) - In a meeting room below the main floor of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas yesterday, LinuxWorld Magazine was present to see history being made. Linux history. Because on the podium were gathered not just Linus Torvalds himself, fresh from releasing on ...
Jul. 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 12,644 Replies: 1
(July 11, 2003) - Linus Torvalds wrote to the Linux kernel list yesterday to release the Linux version 2.5.75 and announced that it would be the last 2.5.x kernel from him - Linux 2.6 will be his next goal.
Jul. 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 11,504
(July 7, 2003) - Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, has announced via e-mail that the Linux kernel 2.6, due for release in the fourth quarter of this year, will include a variety of features for enterprise applications.
Jul. 7, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 31,749 Replies: 1
This article consists of three parts. Part One introduced the choices made by Linux to schedule processes in the abstract. In this part we discusses the data structures used to implement scheduling and the corresponding algorithm.
Aug. 8, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 14,700
Like any time-sharing system, Linux achieves the magical effect of an apparent simultaneous execution of multiple processes by switching from one process to another in a very short time frame. This article deals with scheduling, which is concerned with when to switch and which process ...
Aug. 1, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 14,198
If you really want to live dangerously try playing games with a kernel from the latest development branch, 2.5. You probably can't, because the Nvidia accelerated driver won't compile with the latest 2.5 kernels. At least not until you follow the tips here. (1,200 words)
Feb. 22, 2002 12:00 AM EST Reads: 15,802
After writing last week's column about whether or not Linux has outgrown its current maintainers, I just had to try to manage a simple kernel upgrade for myself to see what it was like. The goal was simple: Take an existing test kernel version and merge some interesting patches and fix...
Feb. 11, 2002 12:00 AM EST Reads: 14,851
Are the problems with the 2.4 kernel indicative of a failed source code control system, weak programming, poor management, increasing kernel complexity, or an overwhelmed lead developer? The debate rages in the Linux community.
Feb. 11, 2002 12:00 AM EST Reads: 28,387
Developers and onlookers complain Linux creator Linus Torvalds can no longer manage the kernel development process. If you felt cheated by my VM: Virtual Memory or Virtual Mayhem? because I led you to believe I had a viable technical solution for virtual memory management and handed yo...
Feb. 6, 2002 12:00 AM EST Reads: 18,221
Our hero's modest proposal for curing all ailments afflicting virtual memory in the Linux kernel. Plus a brief history of virtual memory in operating systems. (1,400 words)
Jan. 17, 2002 12:00 AM EST Reads: 15,262
For desktops, the 2.4 version of the kernel is just fine. If you have heavy-duty processing needs, 2.4 has been a series of disappointments. Sysadmins of big iron have two choices -- go back in time or play upgrade hopscotch. Both have problems. (850 words)
Jan. 14, 2002 12:00 AM EST Reads: 14,740
Bill Claybrook, says 'maddog,' has completely the wrong idea about how the Linux kernel is actually put together.
Nov. 30, 1995 12:00 AM EST Reads: 30,111