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[News] More Evidence of Increase Free Software Momentum Due to Economy

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Community-Source Development Appeals in Tough Times

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| A combination of traditional and open-source development models, community 
| source can save companies money and reduce vendor lock-in. 
| The concept of community-source development is catching on with enterprise 
| organizations, both inside and outside of corporate and organizational walls 
| for its ability to cut costs, increase collaboration and avoid vendor 
| lock-in.   



Linux Provides Steady IT Foundation for Banks in a Tough Economic Climate

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| Times are tough in the banking industry. According to the AP, 100,000 bank
| employees have been laid off over the past two years. Overall, banking
| industry unemployment has almost tripled and bank stocks have cratered. Even
| with astronomical bailout money becoming available, banks are looking for
| ways to consolidate.
| [...]
| In this environment, Linux provides a distinct competitive advantage. Linux
| has zero licensing fees, so pure cost is a key benefit. Linux support can be
| found at almost any level; from free e-mail and bulletin boards to 24/7
| mission critical support via enterprise subscriptions. Banks that are running
| Linux have an operating system with support for the greatest number of chip
| architectures, hardware platforms and forms of computing (blades to
| mainframe).


Red Hat CEO: priorities and apologies part of managing

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| Today he's CEO of Red Hat, the open-source Linux software company, where he's
| flying high. The Raleigh company's software is cheaper than proprietary
| products from rivals such as Sun Microsystems, which helped it post a 22
| percent jump in revenue in the quarter that ended in November despite the
| recession.


Red Hat's new chief: A pragmatic believer?

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| Does the patent settlement you announced recently [with FireStar Software]
| that is consistent with the GPL mean that you are in a better position to be
| able to settle your patent dispute with Microsoft?
| [Jim Whitehurst:] The problem is that we don't know what the Microsoft
| [patent threat] is. They have said in the past that 235 patents [are
| infringed by Linux] and we have yet to see what any of them are.
| Conceptually, it should be possible but, again, we don't know what we are
| talking about there.
| When was the last time you spoke to Microsoft regarding patents?
| [Jim Whitehurst:] I am sure, as a company, we have an ongoing dialogue on a
| lot of things. I have had dialogue at a senior level, but it has been more on
| how we can work better on interoperability for customers; I haven't had any
| direct conversations around the patent issue.


Red Hat Fedora Claims It's the Leader in Linux

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| Red Hat's Fedora community Linux distribution has now tallied its user base,
| and it's a number that on the surface would make it the largest installed
| base of any Linux distribution, with at least 9.5 million users and possibly
| as many as 10.5 million.

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