"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."