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NewsForge: Media coverage of 2.4 kernel: Generally fair

Feb 23, 2001, 23:33 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Grant Gross)

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"It's been a month and a half since Linus Torvalds released the Linux 2.4 kernel in a classic bit of understatement -- an email with the subject, "And oh, btw ..." to the kernel mailing list."

"No major press release, no worldwide tour, but the press coverage would come soon enough. The tech media's coverage of the 2.4 kernel has been a combination of accolades and doubts about the kernel and its importance. Generally, as you might expect, the Linux media has given the new kernel positive reviews, plus a plethora of articles on how to do something or another with 2.4. The more general technology press has been more skeptical about what this all means; all in all, a fair critique of 2.4, despite some misunderstandings of how Open Source products are released."

"Coverage of the 2.4 kernel goes back to pre-release coverage, much of it focused on why the kernel was a year behind its loosely defined schedule, with Wired.com even calling it vaporware. "Late," of course, isn't really a hard and fast concept in the Open Source world, which has the motto "it'll be done when it's done." That's kind of how the Linux kernel works, as several people explained in this ZD Interactive Investor article. "We don't do deadlines in the open-source world, which is a major reason our stuff is right when it comes out," the article quoted Open Source advocate Eric S. Raymond."

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