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LinuxPlanet: Red Hat's Michael Tiemann rebuts C|Net article

Oct 05, 2000, 16:27 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

"Tiemann said his quote needed to be read in the context of his status as 'a founder of Cygnus, which nobody disputes was the world's first open source company.' Cygnus Solutions was incorporated in November 1989."

"'Red Hat acquired Cygnus and incorporated the first open source commercial enterprise,' said Tiemann, who took the position of CTO with Red Hat earlier this year after Red Hat's November 1999 acquisition of Cygnus Solutions."

"Once again, there are two ways to read this. Some in the community interpret Red Hat's purchase of the pioneering company as a bid for legitimacy, but there can be no denying that Cygnus (and Tiemann) have been active participants in Free Software and early leaders in the marketing-oriented Open Source movement...."

"We're inclined to lean toward the point Tiemann is trying to make, even if his comments, prior to his clarification, seem odd. His participation in Free Software predates Red Hat's existence, and his experiences and those of his company, now part of Red Hat, are certainly something the company can draw on."

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