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Advantage: Red Hat

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| Why am I not surprised to see Linux vendor Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) pull out a 
| great quarter in the midst of a marketwide and worldwide panic? Let me 
| explain.  
| Just the facts, man
| Red Hat reported pro forma third-quarter earnings of $0.24 per diluted share, 
| well above last year's $0.20 per share and handily beating analyst estimates. 
| Sales grew 22% year over year to $165 million, which is slightly below 
| analyst expectations; and $135 million of that figure comes from long-term 
| license and support subscriptions. These results can stand back to back with 
| rivals Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL) and Big Blue IBM (NYSE: IBM).     


Six Stages to SOA Evolution in the Enterprise

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| As the economic downturn causes IT budgets to get tightened, open source can 
| bring value to a service-oriented architecture deployment, and in fact, open 
| source is thriving in these current times of increased budget scrutiny, said 
| a Red Hat Inc. executive.   
| [...]
| Fricke cited a Red Hat customer, a passenger railway company with 100,000 
| daily passengers and $1 billion in revenue, that deployed JBoss applications 
| server, reaping 700 per cent performance gain. Following that, ticket sales 
| were integrated with eBay auctions to improve utilization of trains. "One of 
| the beauties of SOA is it's not a static deployment. It can be expanded to 
| solve other business problems," said Fricke, while stressing that as SOA 
| deployment expands across an organization, governance becomes increasingly 
| important.       



Red Hat Profit Rises on Sales to Budget-Minded Buyers


Ford, GM, Textron, Satyam Fall; Red Hat Rises

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| Red Hat, Inc (RHT: chart) added 14.2% or $1.71 to $13.68 after the Linux
| software provider said third quarter sales rose 22% to $165.3 million from
| $135.4 million a year ago. Net income in the quarter rose 20% to $24.3
| million or 12 cents per diluted share compared to net income of $20.3 million
| or 10 cents per share a year ago.


Red Hat bucks the trend

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| At a time when most companies are happy if the balance sheet does not show
| any red ink, Red Hat Linux has bucked the trend. Its stock price leapt 32
| percent last week compared to that a year ago, during a week when technology
| stocks overall fell by 2.6 percent.
| According to information available at Channel Insider, the so-called mixed
| source company, Novell, saw its stock price fall by 11 percent, the biggest
| loser of the week.


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