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eWeek: 'Longhorn' Pitted Against Linux 2.6

Nov 03, 2003, 22:00 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Galli)

"On the same day last week that Microsoft Corp. officially spoke about 'Longhorn,' the next version of Windows, Linux creator Linus Torvalds moved a step closer to the final version of the 2.6 Linux kernel with the release of the test9 version.

"The final version of the 2.6 Linux kernel is expected to be released by year's end, though officials for leading Linux distributors Red Hat Inc. and SuSE Linux AG said that kernel is unlikely to be incorporated into their products for at least a year. Microsoft, meanwhile, will say only that Longhorn is at least two years away from shipping.

"Despite the long lead times, both vendors' moves set up a showdown between platforms that their supporters claim will usher in the next frontier in computing for consumers and enterprises alike. In the meantime, the battle will be one of rhetoric..."

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