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Linux.com: 2.4: The Kernel of Gold

Nov 10, 2000, 16:11 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by D. Clyde Williamson)

"...Linus has finally announced that 2.4 (barring any last minute complications) will be "blessed" before the end of this year. I'm still excited; I still feel like cheering. But there is something that bothers me. The first news report I saw on the 2.4 release made several comments that displayed the lack of education that still exists in the business world when it comes to our software development model. Sure, Linux is being accepted all over the place, from big oil companies to point-of-sale systems. I'm happy to see Gartner, Giga, Forrester and the other "industry analysts" predict good things for Linux. I'm very glad that people don't snicker when I suggest Linux for projects anymore. With all of that, it is easy to forget that we have a long road of teaching ahead of us..."

"The title of the very first article I saw stated that 2.4 was "going gold." This is a perfect example of incorrect thinking. Going gold usually refers to the fact that a software company has burned a "master CD" for a final product: a "gold CD." Usually, the gold CD is very different from previous "alpha" and "beta"' CD's. The gold CD is a final cut with many new fixes . . . and usually some new bugs."

"One of the other problems with thinking about Linux as if it were a commercial program is the idea that it can be "late to market." Linux is a kernel that is built and designed by an amazing group of extremely talented people led by Linus Torvalds. They are not writing Linux to gain "market share." They are not writing Linux to "kill Microsoft." They are not making money off of the "final release." These kernel developers are building, coding and fixing the kernel so that it will be useful."

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