Two big releases this week from the Open Source Software (OSS) camp signal a new maturity in competition to Windows NT. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has released it's long-awaited "Jigsaw" Web server, which is designed to work with the HTTP 1.1 protocol. Jigsaw runs on Windows 9x, Windows NT, Solaris, and a variety of other platforms. For more information, please visit the Jigsaw Web site.

Also, Linus Torvalds, the inventor of Linux, announced this week that the long-awaited 2.2.0 Linux kernel would be released early next week unless any major problems are found.

"Enough is enough," he wrote in a note to developers. "I can't make pre-kernels forever, it just dilutes the whole idea."

The Linux 2.2.0 kernel includes support for a new file system, 64-bit support, security improvements (including a free firewall), and support for a variety of new hardware devices