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ComputerWorld: Long-delayed Linux kernel upgrade slips again

Jan 03, 2001, 21:41 (46 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Todd R. Weiss)

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"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."

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