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Red Hat's Jim Whitehurst: "I Want to Meet Linus"

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Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst is speaking this year at LinuxCon on opening day about the challenges that still lie ahead as we embark on another 20 years of Linux. We wanted to know more about Whitehurst's perspective as we prepare for the big event and the formal celebration of the 20th anniversary of Linux. Here's what he told us.

The Linux operating systems turns 20 years-old this year, and Red Hat is a huge part of its story. How do you view Linux and its future as we begin to celebrate this important milestone?

Whitehurst: Linux is clearly the operating system driving web 2.0 and cloud computing. Virtually any new application and/or any new web start-up is building a Linux-based stack. That's huge: Linux has gone from being a "viable alternative" to traditional operating systems to being the "default choice." We should all be very proud of that.

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