By Will Garside
The Linux operating system has upped its challenge in the desktop arena in the form of a new kernel released by creator Linus Torvalds.
The 2.4.0 kernel will offer improved resilience to corporate users through a host of new features including multiple processor clustering, improved IP stack and USB device support.
John Terpstra, VP of Technology for distributor Caldera said, "Unlike the slow uptake of Windows 2000 from NT, the 2.4.0 release offers improved features and performance without any financial burden for the user - It's a win, win situation".
The major Linux distributors are working towards supporting the full release of the new kernel within "weeks not months" confirmed Terpstra.
A key Linux user in the UK, University of Manchester has adopted a wait-and-see attitude. John Heton, network support manager for the University commented, "Before we move everything to the 2.4.0 kernel we'll have to wait and see what other users experience".
The University of Manchester currently uses version 2.216 of Linux to run the National Proxy Cache, which daily transports more than 2TB of data to all universities.