Linux Kernel is the essential part of Linux, responsible for resource allocation, low-level hardware interfaces, security, simple communications, and basic file system management.
Linux is a clone of the operating system Unix, written from scratch by Linus Torvalds with assistance from a loosely-knit team of hackers across the Net. It aims towards POSIX and Single UNIX Specification compliance.
It has all the features you would expect in a modern fully-fledged Unix, including true multitasking, virtual memory, shared libraries, demand loading, shared copy-on-write executables, proper memory management, and multistack networking including IPv4 and IPv6.
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· Resynchronized with 188.8.131.52.
· Support for several IDE/PATA/SATA controllers.
· Assignment of SCSI devices with USB storage has been fixed.
· The "rootdelay" boot parameter and the CLASSIFY netfilter target have been added.
· A few other minor issues were fixed.
· Overall, this release should be rock solid and compatible with more hardware than 2.4.36.