January 26, 2001, 12:52 PM — Linux vendor SuSE AG has announced that its next software distribution of Linux will incorporate the 2.4 kernel, which was released in early January.
SuSE Linux 7.1 Professional and SuSE Linux 7.1 Personal are due out early next month and will incorporate the new kernel.
Experts say the most important features of the 2.4 kernel are its support for multiprocessing and additional platforms, as well as the inclusion of a logical volume manager (LVM) that changes the way files and volumes are managed.
The kernel will support up to 32 processors in Intel machines, but so far has only been tested in machines with four to eight processors.
In addition to working on Intel 32-bit platforms, the kernel also will run on the Intel 64-bit Itanium platform when available; IBM S/390 mainframes; Windows CE hardware; and the 64-bit MIPS processor. LVMs are common in enterprise-class Unix systems, such as HP-UX and Compaq's Tru64 Unix.
SuSE Linux 7.1 Personal costs US$30; SuSE Linux 7.1 Professional is $70.