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Upside: Red Hat struggles to be seen in embedded space

Sep 29, 2000, 03:14 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Williams)

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"As one of the few aging veterans in the commercial free software game, Red Hat (RHAT) Chief Technology Officer Michael Tiemann has seen his share of young upstarts fly past."

"Cygnus Solutions, one of the first software companies to view the Gnu general public license as a business tool, not a hangman's noose, Tiemann joined Red Hat when the company acquired Cygnus in November in a surprise merger. The move was apparently such a good fit that Tiemann, an engineer who held no executive title at Cygnus, quickly rose to the CTO position at Red Hat after only a few weeks with the company."

"Ten months after the merger, however, the integration of the two companies seems a bit awkward. Despite the outwardly can't-miss combination of Cygnus' engineering talent and Red Hat's marketing savvy, the company has spent almost the entire year watching a host of competitors sprint past it in hopes of becoming the world's top supplier of embedded Gnu/Linux software and services."

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