Every January, “Linux Magazine” surveys the state of the Linux kernel, bringing their readers up to date on what new kernel features and improvements to expect in the year ahead. “For 2002, the crystal ball is cloudier than usual because at press time, work on Linux 2.5 has not yet begun. Nevertheless, some definite and tentative plans had come to light” the editor writes. The magazine spoke with several key kernel developers to learn more about their plans and hopes for Linux 2.5. This article was first appeared in the printed version of the magazine in December, and it is now online, free for everyone to access it.