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Salon: The Red Hat diaries

Oct 14, 1999, 21:35 (1 Talkback[s])

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"Are Linux coders and Linux companies on different paths? A slapdash new book and a recent flurry of corporate maneuvers suggest just that."

"Let's hope that Red Hat's software continues to be more carefully constructed than its literary output, however. "Under the Radar: How Red Hat Changed the Software Business -- and Took Microsoft by Surprise," co-written by Young and technology journalist Wendy Goldman Rohm, is a hastily written and sloppily edited book that has all the look of a rush job timed to take advantage of Red Hat's August public offering. The narrative switches confusingly between an omniscient third person and Bob Young's own first-person voice, jumps frenetically back and forth along a five-year timeline from paragraph to paragraph and is worn down by relentlessly clunky prose: "Little did he know that the seeds were being planted for him and his future company to revolutionize the computer industry and electronic communications for businesses and consumers worldwide."

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