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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 earl... (more)

Linux in the News

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 open-source movement? 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 intellectual-property issues. I compare it to stealing a car. Do you steal a car in the bright daylight with a lot of peo... (more)

'Linux Is a Hoax' - Linus Torvalds (Well, Not Quite...)

[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)

Torvalds and Cox Write Open Letter to the European Parliament's Head Honcho

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)

Wind River Changes Course - Sets Its Sights on Embedded Linux System-Level Development

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)