Linux Fans Greet New Kernel Release

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A new version of the Linux kernel has been released, adding support for virtualization and showcasing the use of a new release-management tool developed by Linux inventor Linus Torvalds himself.

Availability of the new release, dubbed version 2.6.11.12, was announced Sunday in an e-mail posted to an Internet mailing list by Chris Wright, a member of the so-called "stable team" responsible for the kernel. The 2.6.11.12 kernel is expected to wend its way into full-blown distributions of Linux available from major vendors in the latter half of the year.

"It's a significant release," said Bill Weinberg, architecture specialist at the Open Source Development Labs, the Beaverton, Ore.-based Linux consortium. "What makes it important are two things: the inclusion of Xen, and the fact that it's built on the new release management tool, called Git, that Linus put together the last couple of months with some other people." ("Git" doesn't stand for anything in particular, Weinberg added.)

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