From: Jeff Newbern < jnewb...@MIT.EDU>
Subject: PRESS RELEASE: Linux V1.3
approved: linux-annou...@news.ornl.gov (Lars Wirzenius)
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For Immediate Release
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DEVELOPMENT BEGINS FOR NEXT RELEASE OF
LINUX OPERATING SYSTEM
HELSINKI, Finland -- June, 12, 1995 -- Linus Torvalds today released
Linux V1.3 to the public. The release represents the stabilization of
Linux V1.2 and the initiation of development of the next generation Linux
kernel which will replace Linux V1.2 sometime next year. Linux V1.3 is a
beta development release that introduces many major new features and
performance enhancements. This development cycle will culminate in the
production release of Linux V1.4 sometime next year. Until the release
of Linux V1.4, Linux V1.2 will remain the current production-quality
Linux is the most cost-effective way to turn a PC into a professional
Unix workstation, to set up a system on the Internet, or to provide
a stable low-cost server platform for institutional networks.
Linux is a full-featured UNIX-like operating system for PCs (386 or
higher) built around POSIX standards. Linux supports true multitasking,
32-bit virtual memory, shared libraries and executables, demand paging,
advanced memory management, dynamically linked libraries, TCP/IP
networking, loadable kernel modules, PCI, PC card services, DOS
and SCO/SVR4 compatibility and much, much more.
Features to be introduced in Linux V1.3 include increased portability,
allowing Linux on Alpha procesors to run Digital UNIX binaries; optimized
networking, including IP Multicast support, Streams emulation, and new
UNIX-Domain sockets; multiprocessor support; increased support for
real-time applications and numerous driver updates.
Unique Development Strategy
Linux is free software developed by Linus Torvalds along with an
international development team; it is distributed under the terms of the
GNU General Public License. No licensing fees are required to use Linux,
and the source code is freely available to all developers and users,
which greatly speeds up the pace of development and finds and corrects
problems quickly. This unique development effort has produced a product
that outperforms the multi-million dollar efforts of commercial OS
Linux development proceeds along two parallel source trees. Linux V1.2
is the latest production-quality release and will remain unchanged except
for necessary bug fixes. Linux V1.3 was released for testing today and
will evolve over the next year to include many new features before being
frozen. After the code freeze, Linux V1.3 will be tested by thousands of
people in many different environments, until it is deemed stable enough
to become the production release of Linux V1.4.
Linux development is headed by a core team of about 10 kernel developers
and 40 driver developers (most of whom have never seen each other!).
About twice each week, they make their current source code available to
the public, allowing literally thousands of people to test the latest
revision and provide immediate feedback. Distribution occurs over the
Internet, reaching a diverse group of testers from around the world.
Linux is probably the largest development project ever accomplished over
This unique development strategy allows Linux to be tested on a wide
variety of hardware and in many different computing environments. Any
problems are found and fixed quickly, often in a matter of days or even
hours, resulting in much faster development and a higher quality product
than could be achieved by a smaller, closed development team.
Linux is available at no cost by anonymous FTP and on many BBSs, and
is sold by several CD-ROM vendors. For more information on Linux,
contact Linux International on the World Wide Web at http://www.linux.org/
or the Linux Publicity Project at http://babar.mit.edu/LPP/LPP.html
UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries
of X/Open Company, Ltd.
DEC Alpha and Digital UNIX are registered trademarks in the United States
and other countries of Digital Equipment Corp.
SCO is a trademark of the Santa Cruz Operation.
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