Linux vendors are previewing new versions of their distributions that are ready for the anticipated 2.4 version of the Linux kernel.
Recently, the Linux kernel developers, headed by creator Linus Torvalds have, released Version 2.4.0-Test5 of the LinuxKernel.
In a recent interview, kernel developer Alan Cox said it was uncertain how many more "test" versions will be needed before the kernel is stable. "A lot of the major [Linux] authors certainly want more formal and planned freezing and debugging phases. That depends on the will of the community, and right now I think there is a lot of it," said Cox.
Caldera Systems has started selling a "developer preview" operating system featuring a beta version of the 2.4 kernel, as well as Sun Microsystems' Java HotSpot technology and an early version of the new KDE 2.0 user interface.
Linux market leader Red Hat is offering for download Red Hat Linux 7.0, which will initially use the current 2.2 Linux kernel but will support the 2.4 kernel when it becomes available.