The much-anticipated 2.4.0 Version of the Linux kernel has been released by Linus Torvalds, the creator of the open source operating system. "In short, 2.4.0 is out there," Torvalds wrote in an e-mail to the Kernel Mailing List linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org dated Thursday, 4:01 p.m. PST. Torvalds, who also holds down a day job as an engineer at Transmeta Corp. had been hoping to release the kernel by early December, he said at the Linux World Conference and Expo in Berlin last October. The 2.4 kernel has been keenly awaited by Linux users and Linux companies such as Red Hat., Caldera Systems and SuSE Linux for the past year due to the fact that it will offer increased symmetrical multiprocessing scalability, making it easier for users to run corporate applications on Linux-based servers. "Anxiously awaited for the last too many months, 2.4.0 brings to the table many improvements, none of which come to mind to the exhausted release manager right now," Torvalds wrote in the e-mail. For the hardened Linux hacker, the kernel source is available for download from the link below.