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The Yankee Group: Whither Linux 2.4: Delayed Again

Oct 26, 2000, 21:12 (24 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Neal Goldman)

"During the week of October 15, the Linux community placed the latest test version of the Linux 2.4 kernel out for evaluation, a full year after originally planned. With the current schedule, the industry will be lucky to see a final 2.4 release before first quarter of 2001...."

"As Linux becomes more entrenched in business critical applications, the Yankee Group believes customers will have less patience for delays that affect their business, thus putting increased pressure on a loosely knit community that may or may not have congruent goals. One important difference between Linux and Microsoft OS development is that, in Linux's case, the internal disputes that naturally occur over features, priorities and time to market are being fought in the public realm. We believe that unless something changes in the organizational structure of the Linux community, Linux is destined to fracture into different versions to satisfy different user constituencies and its threat to proprietary OSs will diminish as it grows to be more like them."

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