Linux kernel is an open source and freely distributed project, the most important component of any Linux-based operating system. It is responsible for low-level hardware interfaces, resource allocation, security, basic filesystem management, resource allocation, and various other things.
This is the 2.x branch of the Linux kernel, which is very old yet still used by various manufactures for home appliances and other embedded devices. It is written from scratch by Linus Torvalds with help from various talented developers.
Being maintained on a regular basis, this kernel features the same powerful functionality that can be found on recent Linux kernels, such as multistack networking, true multitasking, shared copy-on-write executables, demand loading, shared libraries, proper memory management, and virtual memory.
It supports a wide range of hardware platforms, including 32-bit (i386/i486/i686), 64-bit (IA64, AMD64), ARM, ARM64, PowerPC, MIPS, DEC Alpha, SUN Sparc, Amiga and Atari. It is an LTS (Long Term Support) branch that can be used as a strong base for a very stable Linux operating system.
When creating Linux-based operating systems, developers should pay extra attention to the optimization of the kernel package, in order to make it recognize various hardware components or support a specific device.
System administrator and experienced Linux users will always prefer to optimize the kernel packages for their operating systems, simply by downloading the latest source from Softpedia or from the project's homepage and configure, compile and install it using a supported GCC compiler.
When using a Linux-based operating system, one should always remember that the kernel is the heart of a Linux distribution. With each new version, it will bring better support for new hardware components or peripherals, as well as fixes for existing bugs that were overlooked in the last stable release. Recent versions of the Linux kernel are always available for download on Softpedia.