February 27, 2004

Global Linux adoption key to competition

The global spread of freely available Linux software is the biggest competitive threat to Microsoft Corp. and other developers
that keep the inner workings of their programs under wraps, Red Hat Inc. Chief Executive Matthew Szulik said on Thursday.

Countries such as India and China will "clearly outpace consumption (of Linux) in the U.S. in the next five to 10 years," Szulik said at the Reuters
Technology, Media and Telecommunications Summit at Reuters U.S. headquarters in New York.

Linux, first developed a decade ago, has gained in popularity in the last few years, in part because companies such as Red Hat and International
Business Machines Corp. helped to package it for big business.

Red Hat, based in Raleigh, North Carolina, is the largest provider of Linux software update and support services.

Link: reuters.com

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