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LinuxDevices.com: Interview with Red Hat CTO Michael Tiemann

Jan 17, 2000, 15:58 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rick Lehrbaum)

[ Thanks to LinuxDevices.com for this link. ]

"In November, Cygnus Solutions was acquired by Red Hat...Red Hat president Matthew Szulik described the merger as creating "a single, worldwide source that lets developers rapidly create Linux applications for servers and small devices -- accelerating the adoption of open source technologies." On January 12, 2000, Red Hat announced that it has appointed Cygnus founder Michael Tiemann, well known for his strong embedded systems credentials and focus, to the highly prized post of Red Hat's Chief Technology Officer...In this interview, we asked Michael Tiemann about the implications of the Red Hat / Cygnus merger on the embedded Linux market, its effect on the Cygnus EL/IX Embedded Linux API initiative...and his general views on the growth of Linux in non-desktop embedded applications."

"RL: How has Red Hat's acquisition of Cygnus impacted the priorities of projects you were previously working on at Cygnus?"

"MT: Actually, the two companies are extremely complimentary, resulting in it feeling more like a reunification than an acquisition. One thing that's noticeable, is a pickup in the pace of activities. Open source software, by its nature, accelerates the rate of innovation, so when you combine Red Hat and Cygnus -- two of the leaders in open source software -- the pace naturally increases even more. The point is to out-innovate your competition. That's how you win."

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