"Linux vendor Red Hat is experiencing success and turmoil all at
once, as the company, and perhaps the wider open source software
industry experiences a period of profound change.
"Red Hat has a new chief executive, Jim Whitehurst, who has come
from the unlikely background of Delta Airlines. The announcement,
made just before Christmas, coincided with another significant rise
in Red Hat's revenues, and came amid largely unsubstantiated
rumours of discontent among developers in Red Hat's recently
acquired JBoss division. Red Hat may be the biggest open source
company in the world but it currently faces complex decisions as it
chooses between its open source roots and growth in enterprise IT
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