"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
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