This paper is an attempt by the author to cut through the hype associated with 2.6 Linux kernel release, with the aim of equipping you, the gentle reader, with answers to the question: “Is Linux kernel 2.6 right for me?”

We’ll begin with an overview of the main differences between the 2.4 and 2.6 kernels, with a focus on the changes that are most likely to affect or be of interest to the embedded Linux user community. Then we’ll look at the potential problems associated with a move to Linux 2.6, and conclude with my opinion as to whether you should be looking at the 2.6 kernel as a key component in an embedded Linux system.