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New Red Hat CEO Checks Open Source Claims

Dec 24, 2007, 14:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Phil Manchester)

"The news that the operations chief from a major US airline, Jim Whitehurst from Delta, is taking over at Red Hat from Matthew Szulik is a further sign of the growing legitimization of open source and Linux in the eyes of corporate, mainstream America. It underscores how the 'suits to sandals' ratio in the open source and Linux movement sliding further towards the suits.

"Whitehurst's blue-chip background at the $16-billion-a-year Delta and the fact he's an executive lured from outside of the IT industry rather than one who simply swapped one tech industry management job for another underscores the belief in open source as a business..."

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