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Red Herring: 10 top entrepreneurs

Sep 01, 1999, 21:41 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Bob Young and Marc Ewing are taking Linux mainstream and giving Microsoft a run for the money."

"In spaghetti Westerns, villains wore black hats and sheriffs wore white. What should we make of entrepreneurs who wear red fedoras? A great deal, if the people wearing them are Robert Young and Marc Ewing, the soft-spoken duo behind Red Hat Software. Under their stewardship, the company's principal product, a software operating system called Red Hat Linux, is now so attractive to corporate America that it poses a formidable threat to Microsoft's operating system monopoly."

"Red Hat's success is largely dependent upon the growing popularity of the open-source development model. This model lets third-party software developers contribute new features and improvements to the lines of source code that make up a piece of software. Most software vendors rely on closed-source development, which prohibits third parties from modifying the software's source code. As a result, not even Microsoft's army of independent software developers can match the programming efforts of Linux devotees."

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