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Q&A: Jim Whitehurst, Red Hat CEO and President

Feb 14, 2008, 17:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

"Q: Inside of your first 30 days on the job, Sun has purchased MySQL for $1 billion. Red Hat tried its own entry into the database market in the past, but execution was an issue. Any chance you'll try your hand at the database market or are you content with partnering?

"I'm 32 days in, so it's hard for me to make a final judgment call on anything. But I would be very surprised if we went into the database business. I look at the core infrastructure businesses we're in, that business globally is worth nearly $100 billion dollars. We're a $500 million company and still have a lot of room to grow in our core businesses..."

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