"The question on everyone's lips is the one Red Hat Chief
Operating Officer Tim Buckley doesn't want to talk about. The
entire stock market, after all, is under water, he says. Red Hat's
stock is hardly the only one trading at all-time lows."
"But that was before Tuesday's rally, which saw other technology
stocks rise even as the Durham Linux company sunk toward a new low.
And that was before the company announced that it has laid off 20
people and closed three offices -- fuel for fear that the business
model is in danger."
"It's not, Buckley says. He knows well the route a company takes
from start-up to established public company. He's done it a few
times. Red Hat is his fourth start-up since 1987, when he joined
Aldus, the company responsible for PageMaker software. After Aldus
was sold to Adobe, Buckley joined Approach, a Windows database
company he helped run until it was sold to Lotus. In 1993, he
joined Visio, which first sold its stock to the public in