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CNET News.com: Red Hat CTO looks to make running Linux less of a chore; Michael Tiemann Q&A

Jan 11, 2001, 15:58 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"Michael Tiemann is the chief nerd at Red Hat, a company with more than your average number of nerds. But right now his job is to make sure technology doesn't get ahead of people's ability to use it."

"CNET News.com: With the acquisition of C2Net, Red Hat is expanding beyond just offering Linux to offering higher-level software for delivering Web pages. Are there other areas of open-source software you expect to expand to? ...

Tiemann: I think that before we go and try to expand in too many additional technical directions...we need to address the most pressing problem today, which is a critical shortage of IT (information technology) resources. The Red Hat Network is really designed to substantially simplify the administration of the Red Hat software. ... Our goal is to focus our efforts to make Red Hat 7 the easiest solution on which to develop, deploy and then ultimately manage."

"[CNET:] The 2.4 kernel is better able to harness the power of high-end servers with multiple CPUs. What does that mean for you?

[Tiemann:] The 2.4 kernel is definitely going to open up some new opportunities. According to our kernel people, the 2.4 kernel should have clear sailing in terms of scalability to 32 processors and beyond, which is far ahead of where people thought Linux was going to be as of even 12 months ago. ... We're just looking forward to when companies are going to start building 16- and 32-way systems."

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