Linux Journal: Interview — Robert Young of Red Hat Software

“I talked to Bob Young on Saturday, May 22 at Linux Expo. He met
me at the Linux Journal booth, and we walked to a quiet place in a
nearby plaza. Getting off the showroom floor turned out to be the
real trick, as we were often stopped by people wanting to shake his
hand, ask him a question or just tell him how wonderful Red Hat

“Margie: That makes sense–how about the poster for

“Bob: That’s a funny story, but one we take very seriously. In
the end, the only thing Red Hat owns are our trademarks–we don’t
own any intellectual property–so we have to defend our trademarks
very carefully because we can’t afford to have them end up in the
public domain. Legally, if you don’t protect your trademark, you
can lose it.”