Linus Torvalds heeft gisteren de eerste testversie van de Linux 2.6-kernel uitgebracht. Hij verwacht dat het developen van de final van 2.6 minder tijd in beslag neemt dan de ontwikkeling van de 2.4-final, die in zeven maanden tijd afgerond werd. De Linux-goeroe kondigt het volgende aan:
Ok, the naming should be familiar - it's the same deal as with 2.4.0.
One difference is that while 2.4.0 took about 7 months from the pre1 to the final release, I hope (and believe) that we have fewer issues facing us in the current 2.6.0. But very obviously there are going to be a few test-releases before the real thing.
The point of the test versions is to make more people realize that they need testing and get some straggling developers realizing that it's too late to worry about the next big feature. I'm hoping that Linux vendors will start offering the test kernels as installation alternatives, and do things like make upgrade internal machines, so that when the real 2.6.0 does happen, we're all set.