"It's bad enough that "shipping" software is an oxymoron. At
least, we still complain when Microsoft blows another deadline.
I've had ASPs tell me that they were just ready to deploy Exchange
2000 in August ... 1999. I'm still not sure if they were fooled or
thought that they could help Microsoft fool me."
"At least the open-source people are honest. When Linus
"Linux" Torvalds says Linux 2.4, the next version of the popular
operating system, won't be out until it's ready, he means just
that. We can talk about missed release dates, but no one tries to
make anyone believe that open-source release dates are set in
"...even when a vendor says that a product really is ready and
shipping, that doesn't mean anything. And we in the know don't even
care anymore. We're aware that we're being lied to and take it for
granted. We shouldn't. Our customers--naive as they are--expect
that when we tell them that a product is ready, it really is
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