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ZDNet: Is Red Hat Going to be the Next Microsoft?

Jun 22, 2002, 02:30 (22 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Farber)

"Could Red Hat become the next Microsoft -- that is, could it become the dominant (not necessarily domineering) operating systems provider? What a ridiculous proposition, you might say. How could a little company that provides Linux open source software hope to topple Microsoft?

"In fact, given that the Linux world is built on a collaborative approach based on the GNU GPL (General Public License), it's hard to imagine how any single open source distributor could totally dominate. Everyone has access to the bounty of source code generated by the huge community of developers evolving the Linux platform.

"I asked Red Hat CEO Matthew Szulik in an interview on Wednesday if he wanted to be the next Microsoft. He demurred that his goal was not to be the next Microsoft, but to execute like them and produce quality products like other great technology companies..."

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