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Red Hat CEO: Google, Facebook owe it all to Linux, open source

Aug 19, 2011, 01:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paula Rooney)

"Had it not been for the no cost software, open licensing and mass collaboration, all business models enabled by Linux and open source, none of the top Web 2.0 companies — including the cloud crowd — would have been able to lift off, scale and run their businesses.

"Backrub.Stanford.edu, a little experiment begun in the mid 90s that become Google, was written in Java and Python and on Linux. More importantly, the technical innovation that came at such a low pricetag is what changed the game forever, the Red Hat CEO said."

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