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Red Hat CEO: Open-source innovation is always user-led

Jon Gold | Aug. 29, 2016
According to Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst, the prevailing narrative about the growth and spread of Linux is only half-true.

“That’s not necessarily because people start open-source projects as much as web 2.0 companies, that’s just the way they develop,” according to Whitehurst. “Everything they do is pretty much in open-source, and they contribute it back, and so it gives us a rich environment of potential areas to apply our business model.”

This is great news for Red Hat, he states, because it’s beginning to look like a world full of nails when Red Hat’s business model is a hammer.

“So much of our business model is taking things and making them consumable for the enterprise,” he said. “We very, very, very rarely ever start an open-source project. Our role is to identify ones that show promise and get involved and jump in with both feet and contribute and become a good contributor and ultimately try and take those things to market.”


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