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Bob Young Returns to His Roots

Sep 05, 1999, 22:08 (3 Talkback[s])

Bob Young, Founder of LXNY and Head of Red Hat, will speak at the 7 September 1999 LXNY meeting

LXNY will next meet on Tuesday 7 September 1999 in the IBM building at 57th Street and Madison Avenue on the Island of Manhattan.

Bob Young, founder of LXNY and today head of Red Hat Software, will speak.

Bob will meet with as many as possible GNU/Linux/Unix/Other hackers, users, and enthusiasts. Those who have never seen free software in action are also warmly invited to attend. Skeptics about the possibility of commercial corporations helping in the writing and distribution of good software are particularly welcome. Equally welcome are skeptics about the possibility of anarchy as a mode of production.

This LXNY meeting is free and open to the public.

The meeting starts at 6:30 pm and runs until 9:00 pm. Enter the building on the corner of 57th Street and Madison Avenue and ask at the front desk for the room number.

At exactly 9:00 pm many members will repair to our traditional place of refreshment.

Who is Bob Young?
Bob Young is a founder of and, today, head of Red Hat Software, a publically traded company, NASDAQ stock symbol RHAT.


It is believed that Red Hat has, in the North American market, sold more shrink wrapped free software Linux kernel based GNU/XFree/Other full operating systems distributions than anybody else.

We quote freely from a Red Hat official blurb:

About Red Hat Software, Inc.
Red Hat Software is a computer software development company that sells products and provides services related to Linux, a freely available UN*X-like operating system. Linux has all the features of any full-fledged operating system, but the nature of Linux enables Red Hat to offer higher quality software solutions at lower cost.

Red Hat's mission is to "provide professional tools to computing professionals". As such we work with Linux development groups around the world over the Internet to review, package, and develop Linux-based tools, making them useful for computing professionals who do not have the time or interest to keep up with the cutting edge of development. In the course of this work Red Hat:

  1. Builds tools, which we release as freely redistributable software available for unrestricted download off of thousands of sites on the Internet,
  2. Publishes books and software applications, provides technical support, and
  3. Manufactures shrink-wrapped software, versions of the Linux OS, making it accessible to the broadest possible range of computer users.

Red Hat Software's primary contributions to the Linux development model are the thousands of lines of code we contribute and maintain as freely distributable software under the terms of the GPL. We also contribute financially in a significant way to a variety of Linux and GNU projects, and hope you will join us in supporting this remarkable revolution in computer technology development.

Perhaps the best known code written at Red Hat is kernel code, GNOME code, the RPM package manager, and the Red Hat installer and configurator tools.

Red Hat is serious about free software. Red Hat spends an astonishing 20% of its gross income making new free software. All, not just some, of the code produced by designers and coders working for Red Hat is licensed under the GNU General Public License.


Michael Smith mesmith@panix.com
Jay Sulzberger jays@panix.com
The Interim Committee for Visitors of LXNY.
LXNY is New York's Free Software Organization.

LXNY is an organization in support of the Free Software Movement, and we welcome all supporters of free software, whether or not you run, or even like, the Linux kernel, gcc, clisp, cmucl, gcl, cfengine, bc, ABS, Amanda, Bash, Bison, Yacc, COAS, Eddie, Elegant, Emacs, vim, Erlang, Essence, FreeDOS, Sather, SmallEiffel, Jacal, apache, the FreeBSD kernel, chimera, fvwm, fftw, Octave, GNOME, GPG, Guile, GHC, Hugs, gawk, Hello, Jikes, KDE, Perl, Python, fortune, the Hurd, Gwydion's not-quite-Dylan, Ocaml, oleo, XFree, Gamora, gdbm, gmp, gnat, gimp, gnuProlog, TeX, gs, gv, Intercal, lilo, fips, mlos, rpm, mocka, PM, PyBrenda, Gambit, R, readline, qscheme, SIAG, siod, SCM, SLIB, Screamer, Stalin, STk, sendmail, procmail, Squeak, SML/NJ, stBasic, units, xscreensaver, some of Xanadu, XLispStat, XXL, ZOPE, zsh, etc..

What is Free Software? http://www.fsf.org