Linus Torvalds Releases Linux 3.0 Kernel

Brad Chacos

Once in a lifetime events don't happen very often – you could even say they happen once in a lifetime. When one of them sneaks up and bites us in the butt, it tends to be something that sticks with the group consciousness; think the moon landing, Princess Diana's death or the first time you played Doom. Another milestone event landed in our laps last night, though no one but the staunchest of geeks probably noticed it. Yes, the Linux 3.0 kernel is here.

Don't pick it up looking for the next big thing, though. When Linus Torvalds introduced Linux 3.0 RC1 a couple of months ago, he said the name change was more for laffs and a milestone effect in celebration of Linux's 20th anniversary. He stayed true to his word; the new changes are mostly tweaks and technical details, like improving the Btrfs filing system, introducing a new implementation of the Berkeley Packet Filter and allowing Xen hypervisor Dom0 priveleges. No KDE-4 here.

Linus' Google+ announcement of the release was so brief, we almost missed it: "3.0 pushed out." He went into more detail in the lkml.org group . You can check out Linux 3.0 yourself by heading over to kernel.org .

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