Scheduling the arrival of open-source software can be difficult
given the informality of the collaborative programming process and
the programmers' reluctance to release code that's not up to snuff.
Indeed, version 2.4 of Linux arrived months later than hoped. But
Torvalds and other key developers adopted a more structured
approach for transforming the 2.5 "development" branch of the OS to
the 2.6 version intended for real-world use.
"We're pretty close to done with what will be 2.6...We're
actually looking at the second quarter 2003 for the real 2.6
release," Torvalds told a group of Linux aficionados aboard a "Geek
Cruise" in the Caribbean. CNET News.com reviewed a recording of
The more formal process makes it easier for companies such as
IBM or Red Hat to plan products such as servers or operating system
software for the new versions of Linux.