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ZDNet UK: Firms weigh up Linux 2.4

Jan 12, 2001, 18:02 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gareth Morgan)

"Managers will have to wait at least a few months before taking advantage of the new 2.4 Linux kernel, by which time they should have a clearer picture of the new version's potential as an enterprise-class operating system. ... The first Red Hat distribution, codenamed Florence, is expected within the first quarter of 2001, said European vice president Colin Tenwick."

"Adam Jollans, European software marketing manager at IBM, said his firm would wait for main distributors Red Hat, Caldera, Suse and TurboLinux to finalise their releases before incorporating the 2.4 kernel into its systems. Most enterprises will then adopt a wait-and-see approach before committing themselves to systems using the new kernel, he said. "There will always be a few trailblazers who like to get things first, but most will wait and see whether there are any bugs that need fixing," said Jollans."

"According to George Weiss, vice president and research director at analyst firm Gartner, the next nine to 12 months will be crucial in determining whether Linux has a future in enterprise systems. "Linux will have to demonstrate that it is a highly functional, advanced operating system," Weiss said. "If it can't do that, it will have a very limited market."

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