So you have heard that the latest and greatest version of the Linux kernel – 2.6 has been released. What’s it all about? Well, 2.6 has been all about the server and making it more scalable and making it more enterprise-level. Linux has broken so many barriers with 2.6 – it can handle upto 64 GB of RAM ! There are goodies for ordinary users as well – the O(1) scheduler and other enhancements have made Linux faster than ever before! Your KDE or GNOME desktop will now be much more responsive.

Read all the details in the article "Linux v2.6 scales the enterprise".

Actually, I lied. The latest stable version of the Linux kernel is 2.6.1 and 2.6.2rc3 has been released. Linus Torvalds and Andrew Morton are already looking forward to Linux Kernel 2.7 !

Now this is something really really cool.

Jim Hugunin has written an implementation of the Python language which uses .NET CLI as the backend. So what it means that your program is still in Python but it is running on .NET . So what, you say? Yes, I know there is already Jython, but what is interesting about IronPython is that it is giving 70% better improvement in performance compared to the CPython implementation! That’s a huge improvement if you ask me. You can read more details in Jim’s post

Jython

When I mentioned Jython, if it didn’t ring a bell in your head, let me explain. Jython is an interpreter for Python written in Java. This means that you can write Python programs using the Java libraries – in effect, combining the power and simplicity of the Python language with the huge class libraries of Java. For example, you can write code like this to open a Java Swing frame using the Python language (with the Jython interpreter):

from javax.swing import JFrame
f = JFrame('Jython swings!')
f.setSize(400, 300)
f.show()

Hey, my website g2swaroop.net is up and running finally! Although it has a simple and cool interface (if I say so myself), there is a lot of work happening behind the scenes – do read more about it on the About page.

To summarise, it has to do mainly with XML/XSL, XSLT, Perl, MySQL and Apache. Now isn’t that cool?