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NewsForge: The marketplace's 2.4 dilemma

Jan 11, 2001, 21:41 (25 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Bryar)

"Now that the Linux 2.4 kernel is finally actually here, the biggest question among commercial distributors is what effect this will have on their business. This may become another case where the rules of the Linux market are different than the traditional software marketplace. If so, many commercial vendors may not think much of those rules."

"One of oddities of the Linux boom of the last year or so was that the Linux kernel itself hadn't evolved along with the marketplace. It all seemed rather odd. In most commercial software environments, any meaningful growth in the market requires frequent upgrades of the software. And yet, despite the explosion of new applications and complex distributions over the last year or so, not to mention a series of new vendors, the core Linux kernel hadn't changed a bit."

"Based on a look at the complaints and patches featured on one mailing list, the definition of "release" in the Linux world varied considerably from what one might have expected in a commercial software environment. ... It was also pretty clear that many of the "complaints" were easily fixable. Nevertheless, the whole release process must have felt very foreign to many corporate IT managers, and may have done very little to generate enthusiasm for early adoption."

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