Networking improvements in the 2.6 kernel

Monday, 8 March 2004, 2:42 PM EST

The new Linux kernel includes support for and improvements in many areas of networking: from tunneling and better file security to encryption and privacy protection. This article covers how these improvements affect users even as they make Linux more secure and more enterprise-ready.

The new Linux 2.6 kernel offers many improvements over the 2.4 version. One area of technical advancement is in the kernel networking options. Although there are enhancements in most of the files associated with the networking options, this article focuses on major feature improvements and additions that affect entire sections rather than on specific files.

Specifically, in this article we will address improvements to the Networking File System (NFS) and Internet Protocol Security (IPSec). We will also meet two new members of the TCP/IP protocol family, Stream Control Transmission Protocol (SCTP) and Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6).

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