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Update: eWEEK: Red Hat: Next Redmond?

Aug 27, 2002, 17:00 (34 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Galli)

"Concern is growing in the Linux community that the forthcoming UnitedLinux distribution will not be able to meet the enterprise server challenge of Red Hat Inc. in the United States.

"Red Hat's dominance is worrisome to some industry players, who say the Raleigh, N.C., company needs effective competition to prevent it from becoming a Microsoft Corp. among Linux vendors and to ensure the operating system continues to develop in an open way.

"International Data Corp. reported this month that Red Hat won nearly three-quarters of the $80 million in U.S. Linux sales last year. Most of the balance went to SuSE Linux AG, the report said..."

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[Editor's Note: In the interest of presenting all sides of this argument, we are adding this link to a rebuttal piece from Red Hat's Jeremy Hogan that was posted on NewsForge. -BKP]

NewsForge: Commentary: Is Red Hat the Microsoft of Linux?

"It seems like a week can't go by where someone doesn't fling the 'Microsoft of Linux' accusation at Red Hat. It's sort of tepid and lazy to even bother to say that. Why not 'The Starbucks of Linux?' Makes more sense if you think about it, but I'm not sure the accusation has much to do with thinking.

"There's a few directions a 'rebuttal' can take, depending on where the question comes from.

"Laziness, as above. It's too hard to find a comparison within the industry and some folks can't translate the metaphor outside of IT. To say democracy, or the industrial revolution, or the renaissance.

"If you mean that we are, and will continue to be a dominant player in technology and innovation, the answer is yes. You bet. Amen and halleluiah..."

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