"Michael Tiemann's early work with GNU software created
world-leading technologies, becoming an inspiration to Linus
Torvalds and an enabling technology for Linux in 1991. He continues
to shape the future of open source today as chief technical officer
at Red Hat. Prior to joining Red Hat, Tiemann co-founded and served
as acting CTO at Cygnus Solutions, which was acquired by Red Hat in
January. Tiemann sat down with Editor at Large Ed Scannell to talk
about his work at Red Hat and the issues facing Linux in today's
"InfoWorld: What do you think is the biggest misperception about
Linux in the industry today?"
"Tiemann: Just this week I read a comment from an analyst that
made me see red. Many of them are using the wrong yardstick by
which to measure Linux. The comment was about how Linux doesn't
have clustering, high availability, volume manager, and file system
support. That sort of comment ignores the Red Hat-Veritas
relationship, the Red Hat-Oracle relationship, and our clustering
technology that we developed several years ago and that several
others have reimplemented or rebranded in various ways."
"InfoWorld: So it's basically overlooking the collective
technical strength of the Linux community?"
"Tiemann: Some analysts are making assumptions about what
Linux can't do, and this completely misses the point, which is that
with open-source technologies, anything can be done. I was at
the Intel Developer Forum, where the big news there was the IA-64
architecture. As I wandered around looking at all the systems
demonstrating this processor, every one I saw was running Red Hat
Linux. Not too many were [running] Windows 2000. When you see the
SGI [Silicon Graphics Inc.] running cluster machines and IBM
running parallel servers, you begin to get the idea that any [user]
can do this tomorrow."
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