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New Features in Linux 2.6

Linux is getting better! New features are constantly being added to ensure its integrity and increase its functionality. The following is a list of key new features in Linux 2.6. Note that some of these features have been backported to various 2.4-based distribution releases:

  • New architecture support (x86-64)

  • Hyperthreading/SMT support

  • (O)1 scheduler

  • Preemption support

  • NUMA

  • NPTL

  • I/O scheduler support

  • Block layer rewrite

  • AIO

  • New file systems

  • ACL

  • Sysfs

  • Udev

  • Networking improvements

  • Linux security module

  • Processor affinity

  • Module rewrite

  • Unified driver model

  • LVM

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