Linux Kernel 2.4
Australia's LinuxWorld has a good preview
of the upcoming Linux Kernel 2.4. I'm no Linux guru, but I can see a lot of cool stuff in this new kernel. With the emphasis on drivers and compatibility this could be very well what Linux needs to break out of its niche and into the mainstream. Then of course there are a few ridiculous things they've supported in the new kernel...
Some aspects of Linux 2.4 seem to exist for their sheer geek value. The kernel supports 64GB of physical RAM under PC architecture, for example. It can also power more than 16 Ethernet cards on the same machine. In total, 10 IDE controllers can be used. Thought that was a lot? The new kernel can handle up to 2.4 billion users on one system - that's a lot of users!