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Linux After ten weeks of development Linus Torvalds has announced the release of Linux kernel 3.9. The latest version of the kernel now has a device mapper target which allows a user to setup an SSD as a cache for hard disks to boost disk performance under load. There's also kernel support for multiple processes waiting for requests on the same port, a feature which will allow it to distribute server work better across multiple CPU cores. KVM virtualisation is now available on ARM processors and RAID 5 and 6 support has been added to Btrfs's existing RAID 0 and 1 handling. Linux 3.9 also has a number of new and improved drivers which means the kernel now supports the graphics cores in AMD's next generation of APUs and also works with the high-speed 802.11ac Wi-Fi chips which will likely appear in Intel's next mobile platform. Read more about new features in What's new in Linux 3.9.
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RE[5]: Load of works there
by Brendan on Tue 30th Apr 2013 11:01 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Load of works there"
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The "student project" got 2 million euros from EU for what ? Run what kind of stuff with "more security" ? Students' puppy projects ? Nope, I guess ATM and more commercial things. I bet EU expect a return on investment some days. Just telling...

Let's take a more accurate view of it. Linux was first released in 1991, when people were looking for a free alternative to commercial Unix. Due to very fortunate timing (and no technical reason whatsoever), a large number of people (including large companies) volunteered a massive amount of time and were able to convert the original dodgy/crappy kernel into something that was actually usable/stable.

Minix 1, 1.5 and 2 were intended as a tool for teaching and were never meant to be used as a serious OS. Minix 3 is the first version that was intended as something more (but still leans towards teaching and research rather than actual use). It was released in 2005 (about 14 years after the first release of Linux) at a time when at least 3 good free Unix clones already existed, and therefore didn't attract a large number of volunteers to make it good.

The only thing we can really say from this comparison is that very fortunate timing is far more important than anything else. It doesn't say anything about monolithic vs. micro-kernel. If Minix 3 was released in 1991 and Linux was released in 2005, then I doubt anyone would know what Linux was.

- Brendan

Edited 2013-04-30 11:02 UTC

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