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SubjectLinux is Stable: Kernel first them utilities then apps
Stop fighting.
Linux only had 13 patches added over the 15 months between
Kernel releases. Early birds got to try elf on the earlier kernel
and it is the defacto Standard with 2.0.0. Gcc, Libc, Modutils,
Binutils, SysInit, PCMCIA, PPP, Make, GDB have all advanced over
that period of time. If a product was not supported with 1.2.x
everybody was offered a chance to work out the bugs in the
1.3.x and 1.99.x tree so their product could be released shortly
after the next release of Linux which is now out as Linux-2.0.0
Wow! no non-disclosure agreements required or development kits
to be bought. Everybody was treated as a favored customer.
The selection as 2.0.0 instead of 1.4.0 indicates a M A J O R
change from 1.0 and 1.2. Shortly, the guys working on the
distributions will sort out the matching of releases. And those of
trading war stories on the net will help them. Then we will
have a distribution release with major changes from the last
release. Nobody should expect to jump from 1.2 to 2.0 with only
the changes to the kernel. You must make the same changes the
developers did along the way. Yes! the developers and those of us
who anticipated the jump will save you making all the same mistakes
we made and allow you to skip the intermediate steps. But please
do not complain about too many and frequent changes. If you want
that hidden from you. Stick with the even numbered releases as
complete distributions. Most other systems require non-disclosure,
payment of fee's, and favored status to get the visiability offered
by Linux. And the pain of tracking is worse.
Hardware vendor's shouldn't need to worry about poor software
under linux hurting their market if they release the needed info unless
the product has an achilies heel. Major quality vendors make the data
available and thank for our interest in their product. Enough interest
that we will take the time to write the software to make it work
without them making the investment into doing for us. Note the
HP home page on the CD-writer. If you as a vendor choose to support
linux with binaries, beware extremely good programmers are looking
over you shoulder and sloppy products will not be tolerated.

Hubert Bahr


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