What’s in a Number? Linux Hits the Big 3.0

If “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” as the great Bard wrote all those many years ago, shouldn’t the same be true of our beloved Linux kernel?

That, indeed, is the question of the day, thanks to Linux creator Linus Torvalds’ recent decision to christen the next version of the Linux kernel “3.0” rather than “2.6.40,” which would otherwise have been the next step on its longtime 2.6 path.

“I decided to just bite the bullet, and call the next version 3.0,” Torvalds wrote in an email announcing the new version’s first release candidate. “It will get released close enough to the 20-year mark, which is excuse enough for me, although honestly, the real reason is just that I can no longer comfortably count as high as 40.”

Read more at LinuxInsider

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