"Michael Tiemann, chief technical officer of Red Hat and open
source pioneer, joins Cameron Laird for a discussion on
programming, business, philanthropy, and more. Interview runs
December 19 to 21."
"Michael Tiemann has a distinguished record of over a decade as
programmer, author, company founder, benefactor, and public
speaker. It's a curious and rather melancholy possibility, though,
that he's known to most people for the "boast" attributed to him
that "We did start the open-source revolution". Lost in the early
publicity around this flap was that he was telling the truth; the
early work he and others GNUworkers did which led to gcc and
associated tools was crucial in the history of open source."
"That's the turn his life has taken, though; rather than arguing
late at night about which internal compiler pass best deserves
responsibility for loop unrolling, he's now a lightning rod for
stockholder whining, journalistic (mis)representations, the
disgruntled "downsized", and all the other traffic handled by the
chief technical officer (CTO) of Red Hat, Inc. And he's "loving
it!", as his personal home page testifies."
"Michael's been an accessible executive for a long time; only a
little more than a year ago, Joe Barr interviewed him for
LinuxWorld.com. Since then, Red Hat bought his company, he's been
up and down the stock market roller coaster, launched several
initiatives in embedded and real-time computing, and generally
solidified his position as a senior spokesman of the open-source
movement. This coming week, Tuesday-Thursday, 19-21 December 2000,
we'll be interviewing Michael about these matters and more.
Remember how we work: once Tuesday comes around, anyone can post a
question for Michael, which he'll answer at his convenience. If you
want to be sure your questions get early attention, you can e-mail
them to me now, and I'll queue them up early."
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