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ZDNet UK: Windows vs Linux: Duelling betas launch

Nov 01, 2000, 15:31 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Jo Foley)

"Software testers are going to be busy in the next few weeks as new Windows and Linux betas make their way into the marketplace. Microsoft officials said the company Tuesday had posted the first official beta release of Whistler -- which is the successor to Windows 2000 -- to the private Whistler Web site for beta testers."

"Starting this week, the company will begin shipping CD versions of Whistler to an additional 200,000 testers via its Microsoft Developer Network subscription service. In an unusual move for the company, Microsoft is planning a phased launch for Whistler, company officials acknowledged on Tuesday, delivering desktop versions of the operating system first, followed by server versions."

"Meanwhile, also on Tuesday, Linux godfather Linus Torvalds has posted to kernel.org the near-final release of the Linux 2.4 kernel. In making available to developers the so-called 2.4.0 Test10-Final release, Torvalds noted that this beta has no known "showstopper" bugs. If testers discover no serious bugs, Torvalds could release the final 2.4 kernel some time in November."

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