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Far Eastern Economic Review: Out of the Hat [Bob Young Q&A]

Jun 29, 2000, 14:52 (0 Talkback[s])
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"[Q:] The open source licence allows other companies to simply copy your version of Linux... Isn't that a terrible way to run a business?

"[A:] IBM is famous for selling [hardware] . . . They break even on all that stuff. [But] IBM make all their money selling services and support. Customers don't want to buy more technology, they want to buy solutions for their business problems."

"[Q:] You are up against some extremely strong brands, obviously Microsoft Windows, but also companies like IBM, who are getting into Linux. Isn't that a very big challenge?

[A:] No . . . if Red Hat is successful at building its brand, and if IBM are successful at delivering the benefits of open source to their customers . . . the customer benefits, and if the customer benefits, both Red Hat and IBM are going to benefit. We see what IBM is doing in open source as a good thing, because our competition is with the proprietary software development model."

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