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CNET News.com: Red Hat talks big at open-source conference

Oct 05, 2000, 11:55 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"The seller of Linux software and support always has been ambitious, but the company grew a step bolder today, taking credit for launching the open-source programming movement that underlies Linux and several other software packages."

"We did start the open-source revolution," chief technology officer Michael Tiemann boasted at a WR Hambrecht conference on open-source companies. Tiemann also declared victory over Microsoft's effort to push into handheld computers and over Red Hat's Linux rivals in general."

"Though few disagree that Red Hat is one of the top companies in the Linux and open-source realm, some might take issue that a company founded in 1994 truly can lay claim to starting the open-source revolution. Richard Stallman, for example, founded in 1984 the open-source Gnu movement to clone Unix, and Linus Torvalds piggybacked on those efforts when he began Linux in 1991."

"That is a little grand," longtime open-source advocate Bruce Perens said of Red Hat's position. "Let's give credit to Richard Stallman and the 1,000 programmers who had no monetary motive and are the real people who made open source happen."

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