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Question: multitasking

Forum: The Linux Kernel Hackers' Guide
Keywords: multitasking
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 1998 17:01:10 GMT
From: Dennis J Perkins <>

I'm starting to learn about how the kernel works. Does Linux use cooperative or preemptive multitasking? I know that the scheduler is called when returning from a system call, but does this mean that Linux uses cooperative multitasking, since a timer interrupt does not force a context xwitch?