"The seller of Linux software and support always has been
ambitious, but the company grew a step bolder today, taking credit
for launching the open-source programming movement that underlies
Linux and several other software packages."
"We did start the open-source revolution," chief technology
officer Michael Tiemann boasted at a WR Hambrecht conference on
open-source companies. Tiemann also declared victory over
Microsoft's effort to push into handheld computers and over Red
Hat's Linux rivals in general."
"Though few disagree that Red Hat is one of the top companies in
the Linux and open-source realm, some might take issue that a
company founded in 1994 truly can lay claim to starting the
open-source revolution. Richard Stallman, for example, founded in
1984 the open-source Gnu movement to clone Unix, and Linus Torvalds
piggybacked on those efforts when he began Linux in 1991."
"That is a little grand," longtime open-source advocate Bruce
Perens said of Red Hat's position. "Let's give credit to Richard
Stallman and the 1,000 programmers who had no monetary motive and
are the real people who made open source happen."