"Two months ago, Linux creator Linus Torvalds thought he would
finally be ready to release a long-delayed upgrade of the
open-source operating system's kernel by the end of December. But
on New Year's Eve, Torvalds abandoned his latest target date,
posting a note on the Internet saying that the Linux 2.4 kernel is
still not finished...."
"Bill Claybrook, an analyst at Aberdeen Group Inc. in Boston,
said the repeated delays in completing work on the new kernel are
becoming reminiscent of the release problems that vendors such as
Microsoft Corp. have had with software products."
"Torvalds and other Linux developers "really have to do a better
job of getting the releases out," Claybrook said. "People get a
little bit discouraged by [the repeated delays]. I think it looks
bad if the Linux folks are doing as badly as Microsoft."