Linux 2.4 is out.
January 4, 2001 6:48 PM   Subscribe

Linux 2.4 is out. I guess it's not vaporware after all. [Linus's announcement email inside]
posted by holloway (7 comments total)
As follows:
In a move unanimously hailed by the trade press and industry analysts as
being a sure sign of incipient braindamage, Linus Torvalds (also known as
the "father of Linux" or, more commonly, as "mush-for-brains") decided
that enough is enough, and that things don't get better from having the
same people test it over and over again. In short, 2.4.0 is out there.

Anxiously awaited for the last too many months, 2.4.0 brings to the table
many improvements, none of which come to mind to the exhausted release
manager right now. "It's better", was the only printable quote. Pressed
for details, Linus bared his teeth and hissed at reporters, most of which
suddenly remembered that they'd rather cover "Home and Gardening" than the
IT industry anyway.

Anyway, have fun. And don't bother reporting any bugs for the next few
days. I won't care anyway.

posted by holloway at 6:50 PM on January 4, 2001

So how vast a download is it? Not that I have any intention of installing it. I'm struggling enough with the version I've got.
posted by davidgentle at 9:10 PM on January 4, 2001

I'll give him points for style -- especially considering English isn't his native language.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 9:32 PM on January 4, 2001

If you're using the pre-release kernels there are patches that are only about 200k. And that's about all that's available right now, a patch. There is no full-kernel to download for a day or two.

(Kernel 2.4, Australian, Canadian)

There are a couple of new distribution versions coming out in a month, so that would be the easiest upgrade for most people (read: me).
posted by holloway at 9:34 PM on January 4, 2001

Summary of new features.
posted by holloway at 3:18 AM on January 5, 2001

Hey, half the people in Scandinavia speak English better than you do anyway, Steven! And he's lived here for a few years.
posted by dhartung at 9:35 AM on January 5, 2001

lol, dhartung -- and steven, many people who speak english as a second or foreign language speak it far better than people who only speak english!(off-topic mini-rant, but it really burns me that i'd be required to take the toefl if i decided to take my master's degree in the US, despite the fact that english isn't a foreign language to me; it's an official language where i'm from, as it is for a few other asian countries. who decides when a language is foreign, and what exactly does that mean anyway?)
posted by lia at 12:54 AM on January 8, 2001

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