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ZDNet News: Late and slowed by feature creep, it's ... Linux?

May 03, 2000, 14:44 (20 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Jo Foley)

"...What's going on? Is Torvalds' day job at chip maker Transmeta leaving him little time to oversee the open-source process via which Linux is developed, as some have suggested?"

"According to Torvalds, nothing could be further from the truth."

"'We didn't much have a timetable for 2.4 originally, except that everybody knew that the two and a half years between 2.0 and 2.2 was too painful,' Torvalds said. The original hope was to have a release schedule between nine and 12 months, which everybody thought was wonderful, but at the same time a lot of people wondered about how it would work with a minimum three-month testing cycle. 'Right now it's been about 15 months since 2.2, and it's almost certainly going to be at least three more months,' Torvalds continued. 'Oh well. More than I would have liked, but not surprisingly so.' Torvalds said a big part of the reason that 2.4 is running behind schedule is the same reason that Windows releases so often run late: Developers always want to add just one more feature."

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