Windows 2000 and Linux 2200
Fake News written by on Tuesday, October 27, 1998
Keeping track of version numbers just became much more difficult today. Microsoft announced that Windows NT 5.0 will be called Windows 2000. Sun Microsystems will refer to Solaris 2.7 as Solaris 7. And to top it off, Linus Torvalds has announced that the upcoming Linux 2.2 kernel will be called Linux 2200.
"If inflating version numbers works for Microsoft," one kernel hacker explained to Humorix, "it can work for Linux. Now Linux will truly be centuries ahead of the competition." However, not all are thrilled about the name change. "If Bill Gates jumped off a bridge, would you?" one pundit asked. "Just because Microsoft wants to confuse customers with bizarre naming conventions doesn't mean Linux needs to. This whole thing is rather absurd. In fact, this is the sort of thing I would expect to come from the Humorix website, not Linus Torvalds."
Other confusing name changes may be on the way. Rumor has it that the FreeBSD folks are considering a name change to either FreeBSD 42 or FreeBSD 69. In addition, an Anonymous Coward has informed Humorix that upcoming releases of the X Window System may actually be called the Y Window System. Finally, our vast network of spies tell us that future releases of the GNU C++ compiler may be called GNU C+=2. We'll have to wait and see if any of these new names become reality.