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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)

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"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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