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GNet: Red Hat's momentum in Europe shows explosive growth

Feb 13, 2000, 05:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Frans Godden)

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"In the first few months after setting up its first European office, Linux vendor Red Hat... has been able to attract the attention of some of Europe's largest enterprise customers. "In all of my twenty years in the IT industry, I have never seen a response from the enterprise world like we are getting now", says Colin Tenwick, vice president Europe, Middle East and Africa for Red Hat. And chairman and CEO Bob Young confirms : "It looks like, in a few years time, Europe should represent 50 percent of our activities. This region has a longer tradition with UNIX than any other area in the world, and therefore we expect the growth to be faster here too".

"Bob Young: '... Even if competitors like SuSE or Caldera make new customers for Linux, it is Red Hat who is going to benefit from it in the end because we offer the services they don't have. Just look at the way Red Hat has been able to double its business every year with very limited resources, with just the cash we generated. You just wait and see what's going to happen now that we have the necessary capital at our disposal!'"

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