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ZDNet: A question of leadership - Red Hat 7 lays the path, but who will follow?

Oct 11, 2000, 20:53 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Evan Leibovitch)

"According to Erik Troan, vice president of product development at Red Hat, the company was caught between the need to innovate, meet deadlines, and provide a stable platform. "We were in a bind," Troan said. "We plan our releases well in advance, and we've delivered releases at regular intervals for many years." He added that a number of new glibc features, such as support for 16-bit languages and multiple hardware platforms, justified breaking some compatibility. "With Red Hat 7, we decided it was the right time to hurt forward compatibility in order to move to the next generation...."

"Red Hat 7's version of glibc hasn't been cleared for production use by the glibc maintainers at the GNU project. The GNU web page on glibc insists its most current stable release is 2.1.2 -- older than the version already running in Red Hat's 6.2 package."

"The fact that the GNU page doesn't appear to have been updated in a year makes one wonder whether it's the definitive source of glibc progress reports and stability information. Release information for glibc is all over the place. The GNU FTP site doesn't go past 2.1.91. Debian's "stable" version is 2.1.3 and its "unstable" one is at 2.1.94. And the freshmeat listing for glibc says 2.1.3 for production version and nothing for the development version."

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