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TechWeb: Red Hat Founder Sees No Halt To Linux Momentum [Robert Young Q&A]

Sep 27, 2000, 18:10 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Q: Were you surprised by Sun Microsystems's acquisition of Cobalt?

A: That was a small business server hardware play they were focused on. The fact that Cobalt ran on Linux, primarily Red Hat Linux, is almost incidental to Sun's reasoning."

"Q: Some industry observers note that Sun hasn't been that friendly with the Linux community. What do you think?

A: Their enemy's enemies are their friends and their enemy is Microsoft, so in that sense, we've been keeping people in the Unix world. We're educating people as to how to do things in Linux. In that sense, we're both on the same side. But Sun is nervous that we might commodify the Unix space."

"Q: What is the next frontier for Red Hat, and do you intend to conquer the desktop?

A: It is certainly one of the key areas. We intend to be successful with the desktop even if we are not successful with the desktop PC, because there is a big failing with the desktop PC -- if you deploy a bunch of Windows boxes every user becomes his own system administrator. Our opportunity is with Internet appliances."

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