"I had the opportunity to talk with Michael for a few
minutes not long after the announcement of his new position as CTO
of Red Hat."
"Red Hat was, in addition to looking for market leaders in the
open source technology space, looking for a strong presence in
Silicon Valley. Cygnus is that with its Sunnyvale address.
"As far as the people are concerned, this is purely a
growth-based acquisition. The technology and the people are very,
very complementary. Red Hat was fundamentally providing Linux
applications and other sorts of things, but Cygnus was really the
dominant supplier of GNU software technology and also embedded
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