"In part two of this interview, Bob Young, chairman of Red
Hat Software, opens up a little about the Red Hat Network,
profitability, the true power of the Linux community, living with
criticism from within the Linux community, and the Red Hat
"In part one, Young described how Slackware had earned a 90
percent market share in Linux's early days by providing
downloadable software, thus offering users the latest versions
instead of CDs that contained six-month-old code. Red Hat learned
from that example; Marc Ewing worked on a package manager that,
with financial assistance from Caldera, finally became RPM (Red Hat
Package Manager), which is now the most widely used Linux package
"I began the second half of the interview by asking if Red Hat
intended the recently launched Red Hat Network to continue the
philosophy of immediate availability."
"Young replied, "The Red Hat Network is very much a continuation
of the philosophy that Marc [Ewing], Rick Faith, and Eric Troan
really set in motion for Red Hat back in the summer of '95." Later,
he added that "what the Red Hat Network is all about is making
sysadmins dramatically more productive than they already are."
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