In a statement issued by the company announcing that he planned to resign,
Red Hat's CFO for the past four years, Kevin Thompson, said he is "proud to
have been associated with Red Hat."
"I believe that Red Hat is well positioned for continued success in the
future," he said. "The pace of progress at Red Hat has been incredible,
though. So I now look forward to the opportunity to spend some additional
time with my family."
With this announcement, Thompson becomes the second senior exec to leave RH
in six months, and the timing sent alarm bells ringing: the company is due to
announce its quarterly financial results just 48 hours from now.
"The role of the CFO today is much more different than when Kevin walked into
the company," said Red Hat chief executive Matthew Szulik. "He felt that his
skills and his talents would be more applicable in an entrepreneurial or
Dean Takahashi: The SCO Group has sued IBM for illegally contributing Unix
code to Linux. Do you believe this episode reveals any vulnerabilities in the
Linus Torvalds: Not really. Open-source software is very visible. That means
it's very easy to see if there is something wrong. I think that is a good
thing. I think the whole point is that, with the kind of transparency you get
with open source, people are a lot less likely to ever have
I compare it to stealing a car. Do you steal a car in the bright daylight
with a lot of peo... (more)
[the following is a witty posting that's presently viewable at Slashdot.org]
"September 19, 2003
Torvalds Announces Linux "A Hoax"
SANTA CLARA, CALIF. -- In a shocking announcement Linus Torvalds, creator of
the Linux operating system kernel, revealed that the wildly successful Linux
was "an elaborate hoax."
"Alan [Cox] and I just made it up," said Torvalds, "We wanted to have our own
OS but didn't know how to make one and neither of us could afford a
subscription to MSDN. It's been real hell faking all of those patch
submissions for the last twelve years. I'm just glad it's over."... (more)
Open Letter to the Honourable Pat Cox, the President of the European
Parliament, members of the European Parliament:
Dear Mr. Cox,
We have been following with growing concern that Europe has been extending
patentability to computer programs. Now [the] European Parliament is about to
vote on a directive that could put a stop to this development, or make it
worse, depending on how it is amended by the Parliament.
US experience shows that, unlike traditional patents, software patents do not
encourage innovation and R&D, quite the contrary.
In particular they hurt small and medium-si... (more)
First it was dead against it but now it's reversed course. The 350 embedded
developers at Alameda, California-based Wind River Systems will gradually be
embracing embedded Linux, the company says.
While it may not be porting its Tornado tools to Linux, its senior VP of
products, Dave Fraser, has been telling a reporter that "while Linux and
VxWorks are fundamentally different, we're absolutely determined that we will
play in the Linux market."
"We want to build a sustainable and profitable business with respect to
Linux," Fraser tells LinuxDevices.com. "We have some valuable produ... (more)