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Freshmeat: Open Letter to Red Hat and Robert Young

Aug 30, 1999, 03:53 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert W. Current)

"Red Hat's IPO put them in a position to make waves in the Linux Community, and after discussing it in various forums and thinking long and hard about thier position, I have made some observations. I only hope to see them succeed for the sake of the open source community in general, but there are hard buisness facts to contend with as well."

"Red Hat as a company is not your traditional software company, and that is why it stands a chance to succeed where a company like Microsoft could fail. Adapting strategies like Microsoft, and buying out a company like SCO puts Red Hat into Microsoft's ballpark. Once you play like the enemy, what's the point of the battle? To succeed with a product like Linux, you have to be revolutionary, not traditional."

"Here are the steps I see that Red Hat can take now that it has acquired the financial resources to make some 'big plays.'"

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