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InfoWorld: Red Hat, SuSE CEOs: We're for Linux open source

Oct 06, 2000, 20:24 (4 Talkback[s])
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"For-profit companies in the Linux business see an opportunity to make money, but they aren't interested in monopolizing the market, said the heads of two major distributors of the open-source operating system. Bob Young, chairman and co-founder of Red Hat, and Dirk Hohndel, chief technology officer of SuSE, weighed in Friday at the Linux World Conference and Expo here [in Berlin]."

"Both speakers seemed at pains to reassure the gathered Linux enthusiasts, many of them fiercely opposed to the market dominance of copyright-based, proprietary software, that they are committed to the open-source model."

"Asked how Linux can continue to gain users, given the relatively small number of desktop applications it supports, Young responded, "We have the killer applications of the 21st century ... all of the applications that form the infrastructure of the Internet and intranets." All of the market growth in operating systems, Young said, lies in embedded systems, Internet appliances, and server technology. With the growth of ASPs (application service providers), he continued, these areas will soon overtake the desktop PC market, the source of Microsoft's market dominance."

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