Linux kernel version 2.6 is already showing promise in a variety of desktop applications. Version 2.6’s improvements in a number of areas including real-time performance and memory support have prompted a number of vendors to start shipping products based on the later kernel. Is a migration to 2.6 in the works in the embedded community as well? This paper highlights the important differences between Linux 2.4 and Linux 2.6 for embedded work, and shares the instructor’s conclusions after moving an embedded platform from a 2.4-series kernel to 2.6.