"One of the most fascinating stories in the technology sector
has been the challenge posed by open-source giant Linux to
Microsoft's dominance of the market for operating system software.
One of the key players in the rise of Linux is Bob Young,
co-founder of Red Hat Software, the largest distributor of the
Linux operating system. Young's creative resolution of a crucial
strategic dilemma was the event that put Red Hat--and Linux--on the
path to profit and power in the marketplace.
"In the 1980s, a movement had taken shape to develop software
based on UNIX, an operating system invented in the 1970s at
AT&T Bell Labs, and made available at no cost to anyone who
requested a copy. In 1991, programmer Linus Torvalds posted a
message on a UNIX users' bulletin board to announce he'd developed
an operating system from the UNIX code. Before long, suggested
improvements to Torvalds' program, dubbed Linux, were pouring
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