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eWeek: Linux vendors begin kicking tires of 2.4 kernel

Jan 06, 2001, 11:42 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Galli)

"The market has been anxiously awaiting the final release, which can be downloaded from www.kernel.org, even though some of the features found in the kernel have already made their way into vendors' current Linux offerings. However, vendors are being cautious about detailing exactly when the kernel itself will find its way into their lineups."

"While Red Hat Inc. has been developing the next version of its Linux software around the 2.4 kernel, Melissa London, the company's director of corporate public relations, was evasive about the exact timing of that release, saying it would be months rather than weeks. "While we have been testing with the preliminary releases of the kernel, we have only just begun to test the compatibility of 2.4 across hardware and software packages," she said. "Once it is deemed stable enough, we will funnel it out to users for upgrades on both our desktop and server products."

"We want to put the 2.4 kernel in our products as soon as possible and are waiting for the kernel to stabilize," said Craig Oda, vice president of alliances and product marketing at the Brisbane, Calif., company. "We don't expect the 2.4 kernel to be really stable for the enterprise until at least version 2.4.4. ..." As a result, the kernel is unlikely to make its way into a commercial Turbolinux server release before April or May, Oda said."

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