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Nice and looking forward interview, with lots of points to consider if you are an investor in RedHat.

http://www.zdnet.com/pcweek/stories/news/0,4153,1017203,00.html
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There was one element of the conversation that jumped out at me:

And we are the only Linux software company that has been disciplined enough to release all our code, and we also have created more new Linux users than all the other distributions combined. We think we've created our market because we give away our code, not in spite of it. In order to be successful in this industry you have deliver a unique benefit to the user. Our benefit is not technology at all. It is control over the technology that open source represents to the user.

Several people have asked what the barriers to entry for this market are. He points out a large one: Fear.

It takes either a lot of guts or a completely different mindset to spend money and time on something valuable (I'm thinking of the Redhat Package Manager) and then give it away. That's probably the biggest and most blatant thing they've done along those lines, but they've done quite a few.

That's why they have the reputation and loyalty they do. Does it work? It's how Redhat got to be the number one in the U.S.

(Side note: Spoke with several Europeans at the RS/6000 Technical University last week on the subject of Red Hat vs SuSe. Major advantage SuSe seems to have is better language support. If Red Hat can improve their French, German, Italian, Swedish... and so on, they may start taking market share back away from SuSe.)



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