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The man who wears the Red Hat

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| Now if NYSE, for instance, has mission critical software running on OS, the
| last thing they want is an iterative change impact. Here, we come in and make
| sure that OS is consumable by the enterprise, and is fully QA-strong, fully
| tested, performance-tuned, certified, equipped with documentation, SLAs,
| localization aspects, iterative change development, everything. We are the
| people who do that and ensure stable tested bits on mission-critical
| deployments. Besides we commit to support it for seven years. It's not just
| the support but we make it bulletproof.
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| More countries will use ODF and have OS tenders accordingly. More government
| lobby efforts are being seen. This has only raised the awareness in general.


Red Hat CEO: The secret to open-source success is iteration

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| Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst was in India recently and gave an informative
| interview to CyberMedia News. In the interview Whitehurst addresses a range
| of topics--Microsoft's involvement in ODF, Red Hat's product plans for 2008
| and 2009, etc.--but it was his analysis of Red Hat's business model that I
| found particularly engaging.



No Recession at Red Hat

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| It is flattering to be mentioned, Mr. Whitehurst said, but he noted that
| corporate customers and the industry benefit from what he called Red
| Hat’s “Switzerland status” — not being a province of one of the major powers
| in the technology industry.


Microsoft sees slide in profits


Microsoft Profit Drops; Forecast May Miss Estimates

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| The world's biggest software maker said sales of Windows for PCs sank 24
| percent and revenue from its online advertising unit came in at the low end
| of its projections. Microsoft's report contrasted with positive comments from
| chipmaker Intel Corp. and computer company International Business Machines
| Corp.
| [...]
| Microsoft declined $1.60 to $30.20 in extended trading after closing at
| $31.80 at 4 p.m. New York time on the Nasdaq Stock Market. The stock has
| fallen 11 percent this year.

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