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eWeek: Growing pains slow Linux 2.4 cycle

Oct 16, 2000, 15:28 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Galli)

"The growing popularity of Linux is starting to take its toll--most notably in lengthy delays in kernel updates and releases. ... In many ways, the latest delays are indicative of Linux's success, rather than its shortcomings. The development process of the open-source operating system could be the culprit, and it will get closer scrutiny as Linux becomes an enterprise staple."

"Torvalds said the ultimate responsibility for time-frame control and releases is with vendors interested in selling to enterprises. "I'm not much of a leader," he said. "I see myself more as a guide. ... The only thing I ever personally worry about is the technical side. This is what makes people trust me."

"But Torvalds said he's seen what scheduled releases and missed deadlines have done to users beholden to the commercial software industry. "That doesn't mean that my standard kernel should be seen as the only game in town," he said. "If it was, the whole point of open source would be lost. I'd just be another Microsoft [Corp.]."

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