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authorXose Vazquez Perez2006-01-14 12:56:28 -0600
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[PATCH] README updated
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1 Linux kernel release 2.6.xx 1 Linux kernel release 2.6.xx <http://kernel.org>
2 2
3These are the release notes for Linux version 2.6. Read them carefully, 3These are the release notes for Linux version 2.6. Read them carefully,
4as they tell you what this is all about, explain how to install the 4as they tell you what this is all about, explain how to install the
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6 6
7WHAT IS LINUX? 7WHAT IS LINUX?
8 8
9 Linux is a Unix clone written from scratch by Linus Torvalds with 9 Linux is a clone of the operating system Unix, written from scratch by
10 assistance from a loosely-knit team of hackers across the Net. 10 Linus Torvalds with assistance from a loosely-knit team of hackers across
11 It aims towards POSIX compliance. 11 the Net. It aims towards POSIX and Single UNIX Specification compliance.
12 12
13 It has all the features you would expect in a modern fully-fledged 13 It has all the features you would expect in a modern fully-fledged Unix,
14 Unix, including true multitasking, virtual memory, shared libraries, 14 including true multitasking, virtual memory, shared libraries, demand
15 demand loading, shared copy-on-write executables, proper memory 15 loading, shared copy-on-write executables, proper memory management,
16 management and TCP/IP networking. 16 and multistack networking including IPv4 and IPv6.
17 17
18 It is distributed under the GNU General Public License - see the 18 It is distributed under the GNU General Public License - see the
19 accompanying COPYING file for more details. 19 accompanying COPYING file for more details.
20 20
21ON WHAT HARDWARE DOES IT RUN? 21ON WHAT HARDWARE DOES IT RUN?
22 22
23 Linux was first developed for 386/486-based PCs. These days it also 23 Although originally developed first for 32-bit x86-based PCs (386 or higher),
24 runs on ARMs, DEC Alphas, SUN Sparcs, M68000 machines (like Atari and 24 today Linux also runs on (at least) the Compaq Alpha AXP, Sun SPARC and
25 Amiga), MIPS and PowerPC, and others. 25 UltraSPARC, Motorola 68000, PowerPC, PowerPC64, ARM, Hitachi SuperH,
26 IBM S/390, MIPS, HP PA-RISC, Intel IA-64, DEC VAX, AMD x86-64, AXIS CRIS,
27 and Renesas M32R architectures.
28
29 Linux is easily portable to most general-purpose 32- or 64-bit architectures
30 as long as they have a paged memory management unit (PMMU) and a port of the
31 GNU C compiler (gcc) (part of The GNU Compiler Collection, GCC). Linux has
32 also been ported to a number of architectures without a PMMU, although
33 functionality is then obviously somewhat limited.
26 34
27DOCUMENTATION: 35DOCUMENTATION:
28 36