"Managers will have to wait at least a few months before taking
advantage of the new 2.4 Linux kernel, by which time they should
have a clearer picture of the new version's potential as an
enterprise-class operating system. ... The first Red Hat
distribution, codenamed Florence, is expected within the first
quarter of 2001, said European vice president Colin Tenwick."
"Adam Jollans, European software marketing manager at IBM, said
his firm would wait for main distributors Red Hat, Caldera, Suse
and TurboLinux to finalise their releases before incorporating the
2.4 kernel into its systems. Most enterprises will then adopt a
wait-and-see approach before committing themselves to systems using
the new kernel, he said. "There will always be a few trailblazers
who like to get things first, but most will wait and see whether
there are any bugs that need fixing," said Jollans."
"According to George Weiss, vice president and research
director at analyst firm Gartner, the next nine to 12 months will
be crucial in determining whether Linux has a future in enterprise
systems. "Linux will have to demonstrate that it is a highly
functional, advanced operating system," Weiss said. "If it can't do
that, it will have a very limited market."