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[News] Red Hat Says Linux is Thin, Results Great

  • Subject: [News] Red Hat Says Linux is Thin, Results Great
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2009 23:09:09 +0100
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Red Hat: Linux Pays Off - And Isn't Bloated

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| The recession is proving to be an opportune time for 
| Linux vendor Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) as it continues to 
| grow revenues and earnings. According to Red Hat 
| executives, the growth is coming at the expense of 
| rivals and as a result of customer confidence in the 
| abilities of Linux and Red Hat's JBoss middleware 
| platform. 
| The growth of Red Hat's business is not however a sign 
| of bloat. During Red Hat's second quarter earnings investor 
| call on Wednesday, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst responded to an 
| analyst question about Linux founder Linus Torvalds' comment 
| earlier this week that Linux was bloated. 
| "As Linux has continued to grow and its applicability continues to 
| expand, there's just more feature functionality that people are
| looking for to be built into the operating system," Whitehurst 
| said. "I don't think of that as bloat." 
| Whitehurst added that in his view, bloat is when vendors add 
| features that people do not want. Linux, he said, is growing 
| but with features that people do want.


Red Hat Numbers Show Linux Has Staying Power

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| Overall revenue for Red Hat was up double digits, by 12 
| percent, with subscription revenue up by 15 percent. 
| With other segments of IT, like the PC space, happy to 
| be flat on a year-over-year basis, that's saying 
| something.


Open Source Leader Red Hat Edges Sales, Profit Views In Q2

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| Red Hat offers the Linux operating system and JBoss 
| middleware, which lets computers share data. Red Hat 
| makes money by providing technical support and software 
| patches, and by selling premium paid versions of free 
| open source products.



A Red Flag on Red Hat

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| To be sure, Red Hat's stock has surged so far this year.
| Shares are up 95% year-to-date, and could go higher.

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