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Enterprise IT users are looking for the major Linux vendors to update their enterprise products less frequently and to give them much more guidance about what is included in the patches and upgrades.

That was the message from users at the Open Source Business Conference here May 22, who spoke about the benefits and shortcomings of open-source technologies.

"Enterprise open-source software development needs to slow down, as it is moving too fast," said Dan Cahoon, an architect for H&R Block, in Kansas City, Mo. "It needs to be more predictable and have better road maps."

Russ Danner, a software architect for The Christian Science Monitor, which has a large-scale open-source content management and delivery system, said he agrees, noting that the enterprise expected things to move a little slower and to be well thought out and communicated.

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