32BitsOnline: Interview with RedHat's Donnie BarnesSep 09, 1999, 16:13 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Bashaw, Ronny Ko)
"In this special interview, 32BitsOnline's Mark Bashaw (Senior Linux Editor) and Ronny Ko (Editor-in-Chief) put the questions to the Director of Technical Projects at Red Hat, Donnie Barnes."
"32Bits: Donnie, what would Red Hat have done differently if an IPO were held today?"
"DB: Oh, hindsight is always 20/20. Knowing what we know now we would have probably been able to alleviate some of the bumps in the community directed shares program. But when it was all said and done, we were really happy with the result of that, and otherwise, the IPO has gone well. We mailed 5000 open source contributors. Of that, 1300 indicated an interest in participating. Of those, 1150 became Red Hat shareholders. We are very comfortable with that rate of success. We would love to have been able to do a more comprehensive search for open source contributors, but time didn't allow. All in all, I think things have gone well from a final outcome perspective. It was a bumpy ride, but hopefully those that follow will learn from it and do it better."