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LinuxWorld.com: Linux 2.4 and USB: Until drivers ship with products, Linux will not rule desktops

Jan 20, 2001, 20:00 (20 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

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"All of the talk about the recently released Linux 2.4 kernel centers on the improvements that will make Linux a better operating system for the enterprise. I have not yet subjected the 2.4 kernel to intensive server testing. But I do have a lot of confidence in the 2.4 kernel for enterprise use, if for no other reason than because IBM and Oracle have already loudly endorsed it."

"Those are not hollow endorsements made solely for the purpose of promoting Linux. I've spoken to IBM, Oracle, and other major software companies about what they want from Linux. And I can say with confidence that the 2.4 kernel has satisfied a good portion of their wants and needs, though there is definitely more work to be done. But 2.4 has made very significant strides, and the kernel developers are busily filling the remaining gaps."

"As for my personal experience, 2.4 doesn't deliver what Linux needs in order to become the default desktop OS of tomorrow. Let me qualify that statement a bit, lest you get the mistaken impression that my complaint is with the kernel itself. It is not. But before I can properly place the blame, I need to explain what it is that the kernel lacks."

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