The Linux Kernel Archives

Welcome to the Linux Kernel Archives. This is the primary site for the Linux kernel source, but it has much more than just kernels - we have 20 GB of disk space set aside for mirroring the largest Linux-related software archives.


What is Linux?

Linux is a Unix clone written from scratch by Linus Torvalds with assistance from a loosely-knit team of hackers across the Net. It aims towards POSIX compliance.

It has all the features you would expect in a modern fully-fledged Unix, including true multitasking, virtual memory, shared libraries, demand loading, shared copy-on-write executables, proper memory management, and TCP/IP networking.

Linux was first developed for x86-based PCs (386 or higher). These days it also runs on DEC (Compaq) Alpha AXP, Sun SPARC, Motorola 68000 machines (like Atari ST and Amiga), MIPS, PowerPC, and ARM. Additional ports are in progress.

More Information

There is much information about Linux on the web.

Cryptographic Software

Due to U.S. Exports Regulations, this archive does not contain cryptographic software. Cryptographic extensions to the Linux kernel are archived at is located in Norway, and has no connections with the Linux Kernel Archives or Transmeta Corporation.


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