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Business Week: The Linux Missionary Who's Taking on Microsoft

Jun 30, 1999, 15:52 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dean Foust)

"CEO Robert Young's zeal is helping Red Hat grab sales from Windows NT and creating buzz for an IPO. Will he make more inroads with a Net strategy?"

"...Robert F. Young... doesn't consider himself chief executive of Red Hat Software Inc. as much as chief missionary for the burgeoning Linux movement. ... His sermon: Thanks to Linux, computer users everywhere can finally be unshackled from the oppressive regime known as Microsoft. 'Would you buy a car where the manufacturer had welded the hood shut?' he asks. 'Of course not! But that's the case if you buy Microsoft's operating system.' "

"Thanks to Young's proselytizing... computer users are starting to get the religion about Linux. Out of nowhere, Red Hat Linux has grabbed roughly 10% of the server operating system market, according to International Data Corp., stealing sales that otherwise might have gone to Microsoft's Windows NT."

"Clearly, Young relishes playing David to Microsoft's mighty Goliath. And unlike the many other software makers who go to great lengths to steer clear of Microsoft, Young has no fear of challenging Gates & Co. ...Young's a true believer."

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