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[News] Red Hat's CEO on Lock-in Awareness, Rise of Free Software

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Lack of IT knowledge begets 'lock-in'

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| We're more around the low-40 percentage mark right now. It's a goal--I think 
| we'll get there. Asia contributes 17 percent of our revenues. We feel good 
| about that, and it continues to grow nicely.  
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| In Asia, there is a real public policy benefit to using open source. A lot of 
| software intellectual property (IP) resides in the United States, so paying 
| for IP from outside the U.S. means dollars flowing out of other countries. 
| Because open source is fundamentally cheaper, there is less dollar flow.   
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| And there is also knowledge transfer when countries embrace open source. 
| That's why governments in the region are getting excited about open source. 
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http://www.zdnetasia.com/insight/software/0,39044822,62047534,00.htm

Open source will gain during recession

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| Red Hat's second quarter 2008 financial results released in August reported a 
| 29 per cent increase in revenue over the same quarter last year. 
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http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquirer/news/2008/10/21/open-source-gain-during

Red Hat: Financial crunch will spur business for open source

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| Will open source software gain more business due to the current economic 
| crunch? While in Australia this month, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst appeared to 
| say so. Yet open source isn't necessarily less costly at all than proprietary 
| alternatives, some analysts suggest.   
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http://www.betanews.com/article/Red_Hat_Financial_crunch_will_spur_business_for_open_source/1224547763


Recent:

Red Hat Exchange Doubles Quarterly Bookings, Boosts Zimbra and MySQL

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| The VAR Guy thought Red Hat Exchange — an online store the software company
| launched last year — would be an overnight hit. It wasn’t. But after some
| tinkering, Red Hat Exchange (RHX) seems to be taking off — and giving
| partners like MySQL and Zimbra a lift as well. In fact, the site’s bookings
| doubled in Red Hat’s most recent quarter, The VAR Guy has learned. Here’s how
| Red Hat got RHX on track.
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http://www.thevarguy.com/2008/10/17/red-hat-exchange-doubles-quarterly-bookings-boosts-zimbra-and-mysql/


Red Hat CEO: From the economic rubble, open source will emerge stronger

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| In August Red Hat posted second quarter revenue 29 percent higher than the
| same quarter a year ago, while its subscription revenue also enjoyed
| double-digit growth to beat analysts’ estimates. Whitehurst said that while
| predictions of a recession will likely mean fewer new projects, the economic
| benefits of going open source are already encouraging proprietary customers
| to switch.
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http://www.computerworld.com.au/index.php/id;1780559326;fp;4;fpid;1968336438


Q&A: Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst

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| In this candid interview with ZDNet.com.au, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst
| discusses why he thinks rival VMWare will fail, how the financial crisis will
| be good for open source, and why cloud computing will be the future.
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http://www.zdnet.com.au/insight/software/soa/Q-A-Red-Hat-CEO-Jim-Whitehurst/0,139023769,339292691,00.htm
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