Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Dec 2006 22:24 UTC
Red Hat Red Hat plans to ship the next version of its premium Linux product on February 28, debuting major virtualization technology but missing an earlier deadline by about two months. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 had been scheduled to ship by the end of 2006. However, the company gave itself scheduling wiggle room in September, when Red Hat released the first RHEL 5 beta; a second beta arrived in November.
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by mcmv200i on Fri 29th Dec 2006 14:32 UTC in reply to "Well..."
mcmv200i
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2006-12-14

Better to take your time and do the job right the first time

Agree per 100%. Too me, it is much more important that a product is stable, mature and well thought out than that it comes on time.

than do it like Microsoft does and release half baked code.

I am not a MS fan at all, neither a mac fan, nor a radical FLOSS advocat (:)), but my impression is, that Microsoft are working hard to continously improve the quality and stability of their products and more and more give stability and realiabilty precedence to a short release cycle.

Examples:

1) Vista is more than two years late and Microsoft always proposed "Vista comes when it is finished"

2) XP and 2000 are much better OSes than 98, 95, DOS when it comes to stability, realiability and security. XP SP2 has a very good firewall included which is much better than most of the third party firewalls you can get on the market.

3) They do research on the fascinating Singularity microkernel project. As Prof. Andrew S. Tanenbaum of the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam states in his article "Can We Make Operating Systems Reliable and Secure?" (http://www.cs.biu.ac.il/~wiseman/2os/microkernels/tanenbaum.pdf):

The most radical approach comes from an unexpected source Microsoft Research. In effect, the Microsoft
approach discards the concept of an operating system as a single program running in kernel mode plus
some collection of user processes running in user mode, and replaces it with a system written in new typesafe languages that do not have all the pointer and other problems associated with C and C++.


4) There are more. ;)

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