A new test version of a delayed upgrade to the Linux operating system's kernel was made available for downloading Wednesday by Linux creator Linus Torvalds, raising hopes that the technology could be close to being ready for release.
In a posting to a mailing list devoted to Linux kernel development, Torvalds announced that he was releasing version 2.4.0-test10 of the long-awaited Linux 2.4 kernel. The latest test release "has no known bugs that I consider show-stoppers, for what it's worth", Torvalds wrote, adding that it's "one of the final steps in a stable release".
The 2.4 kernel is highly anticipated because it will offer increased symmetrical multiprocessing scalability, which could be a boon for users who want to run corporate applications on Linux-based servers. The current Linux 2.2 kernel is generally considered to scale well only up to four processors.
Linux 2.4 originally was due out last year before running into several delays. Early last month, for example, Torvalds said the need to fix more bugs meant it would take at least until December to complete work on the kernel. He added, though, that the development of new features for the kernel had been finished.