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Q&A: New Red Hat Boss Targets Virtualization, Execution as Keys to Future

Feb 11, 2008, 18:15 (1 Talkback[s])

"You have a strong business background, is signing a cross-patent licensing deal with Microsoft still bad business for Red Hat?

"If we knew what kind of patent issues we had that would be helpful. So it is hard to have productive conversation if we don't know what they are. So it's way too early to say that. To be clear, I am not some type of religious zealot, I do not have a problem having relationships with proprietary software companies, but we need to think about if it is good for the customers. Interoperability--great--but we would like to do that on open standards. But in terms of patents, it would be helpful if Microsoft would be a little more forthcoming..."

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