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Linux Celebrates 20 Years With Version 3.0, Few Major Changes

Linus Torvalds has released the Linux 3.0 Release Candidate 1 to the masses without much fanfare.

In a blog post, Torvalds said that there had been much debate over what the new Linux kernel would be called, as this release marks the 40th major version of the 20-year-old software. Torvalds decided to chuck everything and go with Linux 3.0.

“I decided to just bite the bullet, and call the next version 3.0. 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,” Torvalds said.

Torvalds also said in the blog post that the new Linux version does not come with any big changes pointing out that the release was just about the numbering.

“So what are the big changes? NOTHING. Absolutely nothing. So no ABI changes, no API changes, no magical new features - just steady plodding progress,” Torvalds said.

The only changes that come with the platform are two thirds driver changes, VFS cleanups, several VM fixes and ARM consolidation.

The Linux kernel is the basis of many open-source operating systems such as Canonical's Ubuntu and Red Hat's Fedora. The name is a combination of Linus and UNIX.