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CNET News.com: Linux kernel release falls behind schedule

May 03, 2000, 20:39 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

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"The new Linux kernel, version 2.4, likely will be released in August or September, said Linus Torvalds, founder and leader of the Linux movement. Torvalds initially had hoped 2.4 would be released in 1999, but in February he amended his prediction to July, 18 months after the current 2.2 kernel was released."

"However, Alan Cox, the second in command of Linux, still hopes for a July release. Although he said in an interview today that he was unhappy with the delay, he added that "I'd rather be frustrated by the delay than have users frustrated by unreliable code...."

"There are few hard-and-fast deadlines in the loosely organized programming community that collectively develops Linux, the now established alternative to Windows and Unix. But with many companies relying on Linux and more serious competition, Linux developers now carry a much heavier responsibility."

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