"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
"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."