"As chairman and chief executive officer of Red Hat Software
Inc., Robert F. Young has seen the fledgling start-up grow in four
years into the world's leading supplier of Linux operating
"Young has 20 years of experience in computer industry finance
and marketing. After graduating with honors from the University of
Toronto, he headed two computer leasing companies before he noticed
the Linux user phenomenon in 1992.
"The Linux kernel, invented early in this decade by Linus
Torvalds and freely downloadable from the Web..., forms the basis
for Red Hat's Linux server operating system, now at Version
"Young's own Linux distribution and catalog business merged with
Marc Ewing's startup in 1994 to form Red Hat Software of Research
Triangle Park, N.C.
"GCN chief technology editor Susan M. Menke interviewed Young by
telephone from his North Carolina office."
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