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ITworld Forums: Discussion with Michael Tiemann, CTO of Red Hat

Dec 19, 2000, 19:52 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cameron Laird)

"Michael Tiemann, chief technical officer of Red Hat and open source pioneer, joins Cameron Laird for a discussion on programming, business, philanthropy, and more. Interview runs December 19 to 21."

"Michael Tiemann has a distinguished record of over a decade as programmer, author, company founder, benefactor, and public speaker. It's a curious and rather melancholy possibility, though, that he's known to most people for the "boast" attributed to him that "We did start the open-source revolution". Lost in the early publicity around this flap was that he was telling the truth; the early work he and others GNUworkers did which led to gcc and associated tools was crucial in the history of open source."

"That's the turn his life has taken, though; rather than arguing late at night about which internal compiler pass best deserves responsibility for loop unrolling, he's now a lightning rod for stockholder whining, journalistic (mis)representations, the disgruntled "downsized", and all the other traffic handled by the chief technical officer (CTO) of Red Hat, Inc. And he's "loving it!", as his personal home page testifies."

"Michael's been an accessible executive for a long time; only a little more than a year ago, Joe Barr interviewed him for LinuxWorld.com. Since then, Red Hat bought his company, he's been up and down the stock market roller coaster, launched several initiatives in embedded and real-time computing, and generally solidified his position as a senior spokesman of the open-source movement. This coming week, Tuesday-Thursday, 19-21 December 2000, we'll be interviewing Michael about these matters and more. Remember how we work: once Tuesday comes around, anyone can post a question for Michael, which he'll answer at his convenience. If you want to be sure your questions get early attention, you can e-mail them to me now, and I'll queue them up early."

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