"A major new release of the Linux operating system will be
available in the fall, and will offer significant performance
improvements over the current version, Friday's Wall Street Journal
"But for all its recent advances, it will be many years
before Linux appeals to the masses in the same way that Microsoft's
(MSFT) Windows or Apple Computer Inc.'s (AAPL) Macintosh software
do, said Linus Torvalds, overseer of the Linux movement. Indeed, he
said neither his parents nor his sister use Linux, but prefer
Windows-based or Macintosh computers."
"Meanwhile, his creation has become so popular with programmers
that it represents one of the most serious competitive threats to
Microsoft's influence of the software industry. The new version of
Linux, the first in a year and a half, will be available in two or
three months, said Mr. Torvalds, many months later than he had
initially planned on releasing it."
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