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Upside: Inside Red Hat: An interview with the CEO, Matthew Szulik

Nov 27, 2000, 11:59 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jerry Borrell)

"Upside: How about starting with a summary of the company since the IPO?"

"Szulik: We're a sheer open source play. That's purely the business that we're in. During the road show, somebody asked me when we're going to give up this open source gimmick, which couldn't be farther from the truth. We are deeply committed to open technology deployment, as well as the licensing model and the viability of our offerings."

"Unlike, I guess, most of the other technology companies that have sold software licenses. We're giving away the license and driving service for revenue. Our philosophy stems from our belief that the open-source model will contribute to a rate of innovation that is unprecedented."

"The open source movement gets a lot of press -- the 15-year-old kid in the basement writing code. That's less and less accurate. The people who choose to do business with us on a global basis want to leverage the fact that we have over 200 engineers at Red Hat. The Red Hat Linux license is, by far, the most popular Linux distribution in the world. Depending upon who you believe, we have anywhere between 15 million and 20 million customers and growing. I should say, 20 million users, because many of them don't pay right now."

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