"The next major Linux upgrade will be lucky to see the light
of day by December or January. Supporters say, "This is
"Open-source backers haven't been forgiving when for-profit
software makers -- most notably, Microsoft Corp. -- let development
schedules slip. But when it comes to Linux, they claim expectations
aren't the same thing as release dates. "We don't do deadlines in
the open-source world, which is a major reason our stuff is right
when it comes out," said open-source leader Eric Raymond."
"Nevertheless, the news indicates that Linux, increasingly
going head-to-head with Windows NT and Windows 2000, is just as
prone to feature creep and delays as any Microsoft OS. Other
open-source officials attempted to distance themselves from the
impact of the delayed 2.4 kernel."