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LinuxWorld: Bob Young, tete-a-tete with the monopoly

Mar 29, 2001, 00:42 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

"A fierce debate over whether open source software really is un-American."

"You probably remember the firestorm of controversy that Microsoft vice president Jim Allchin created with his unfortunate remark implying that open source code is un-American. If you do, then you probably remember as well that Red Hat CEO Matt Szulik challenged Microsoft to debate the issue. When Redmond declined the invitation, Red Hat CTO Michael Tiemann wrote a standalone response to Allchin's remarks. You can find a link to that response in the Resources section. Tiemann's response was all well and good, but it left me hungry. I still wanted to see Microsoft and Red Hat go mano a mano. Time passed, but the desire still gnawed at me. I had to take action...."

"Young's background with Red Hat is well known. He is a cornerstone of the Linux community and heads up the world's most popular distribution of Linux. Allmouth is not so well known, so I dug up a little background on him. When he graduated from high school, he was voted "Most Likely to Become the Next Joe McCarthy" by classmates. Allmouth has been using personal computers for over six months, and he credits that background with providing him all the savvy he needs to lead software innovation within the monopoly. Favorite book: The Prince. Favorite flag: American. Favorite breakfast: Seeds of Competition. Favorite item on menu: everything. Allmouth is above all else the epitome of Ambrose Bierce's definition of a patriot, and his remarks reek of the kind of patriotism Bierce made famous."

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