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Ask Red Hat CEO Matthew Szulik

Roblimo posted more than 10 years ago | from the straight-from-the-horse's-mouth dept.

Red Hat Software 666

Red Hat has made several changes in how they run their business, notably concentrating more (perhaps one might say "entirely") on enterprise-level Linux users. Some of Red Hat's moves have upset long-time users, and many people seem to have trouble understanding exactly where Fedora fits into all this. Red Hat CEO Matthew Szulik has offered to answer your questions and clear things up, so ask away. Please don't ask questions he's answered in recent interviews and statements, and try -- hard though this may be for some -- to ask only one question per post. We'll forward 10 or 12 of the highest-moderated questions to Szulik tomorrow, and run his answers when he gets them back to us.

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Emphasis on Enterprise-level Linux? (0, Funny)

ChaoticChaos (603248) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465084)

Question #1 - Mr. Szulik, I am a desktop user of Red Hat, and your recent emphasis on Enterprise-level Linux leads me to ask if you know where I can get the best price on a copy of Windows XP?

Re:Emphasis on Enterprise-level Linux? (0, Funny)

elviscious (681985) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465114)

I think you can simplify this to merely....


Re:Emphasis on Enterprise-level Linux? (1)

jmb-d (322230) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465276)


Dang -- you beat me to it.

Short, sweet, to the point...

fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7465103)

first post!

Why are you a idiot? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7465105)

Why are you such a idiot?

In regards to you users should use windows comment?

Question (0, Offtopic)

jester42 (623276) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465108)

Where do you want to go tomorrow?

Re:Question (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7465191)

away from red hat apperently

Re:Question (0, Flamebait)

Frymaster (171343) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465343)

Where do you want to go tomorrow?

i can answer that one for you: to [] to get a copy of debian or freebsd or gentoo or mandrake...

Dear Matt, (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7465111)

Are you the goatse man?

I have a question... (2, Insightful)

FraggleMI (117868) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465113)

What kind of a business model is it to lure everyone into using the RedHat Desktop, and then drop support. Seems like the Microsoft model of forced upgrades.

Dear Mr. Szulik, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7465118)

What is your hat size?

What were you thinking!?! (0)

Limburgher (523006) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465122)

I mean, really? I mean, Windows on the desktop?!?! that's almost as crazy as Windows on a server! I use Redhat on the desktop every day, and it's all I need.

Re:What were you thinking!?! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7465134)

Well, you don't need much then, apparently. Do you live in a cardboard box?

Fedora (5, Insightful)

radixvir (659331) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465123)

Don't you think if more users are using an operating system they will be more implied to use that same operating system at the workplace or recommend it to others. In that case, why did you recommend windows for desktop users?

Re:Fedora (1)

Acidic_Diarrhea (641390) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465212)

You're suggesting one tool for every job. This hasn't been the case for a very long time. The same Linux flavor used as a server should not be the same Linux flavor used as a desktop.

Also, when you said users would be more "implied to use that same operating system", what the hell did you mean?

Re:Fedora (1)

radixvir (659331) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465319)

i meant linux. just like people who have used windows systems at home all their life, do you think they are going to suddendly recommend linux at work? i relize there are different desktop and server versions.

Re:Fedora (0)

reallocate (142797) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465311)

Why do people think that corporations will switch to an OS based on the recommendation of an anonymous employee? Do corporations switch law firms because Bob Smith in Accounting told some VP that the lawyer who handled his divorce did a good job? Any business that switches to an OS based on that kind of recommendation is flaky.

Why (2, Interesting)

Pingular (670773) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465127)

did you decide to stop producing the Red Hat 'standard' distro, when it was the leading desktop distro?

Re:Why (2)

BadCable (721457) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465375)

Because it was loosing money. Next.

I thought that was obvious from the start...

Above is karma whoring troll...SirHaxalot..

Linux on the desktop? (3, Interesting)

rastakid (648791) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465132)

Dear Mr. Szulik, where do you see Linux on the desktop for end-users going now, since RedHat decided to focus (almost) entirely on Enterprise-level? I thought we were doing quite fine, don't you think this is a step back in becoming the number one desktop OS for end-users?

Question... (3, Interesting)

herrvinny (698679) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465138)

Mr. Szulik, I have often recommended Red Hat software to people just beginning to learn Linux. Why have you discontinued the Red Hat Linux Desktop line, and what Linux distribution should I recommend to people wanting to learn Linux? Please note, Mr. Szulik, I know very well your comments on how people should use Windows on the desktop, but I'm thinking of people who want to learn Linux.

No need to ask him... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7465250)


up2date (5, Interesting)

aldousd666 (640240) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465139)

Is the up2date service going to continue to work for us end users who still use RH9, or are we going to have to go Fedora treating our existing installations as defunct? I've spent quite a lot of hours configuring my systems, and I think you're going to make a lot of angry users if things change too drastically. I know a number of people who are already shunning the name RedHat in favor of the other flavors.

Re:up2date (2, Insightful)

jimpop (27817) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465188)

If the up2date service is NOT going to continue, will a refund be made to those whose pre-paid service agreement is prematurely terminated?

Re:up2date (1)

FraggleMI (117868) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465223)

Time for gentoo! Portage/Emerge

Re:up2date (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7465278)

up2date and rhn-panel-applet are by no means broken in fedora. in fact, they talk to yum repositories that won't charge you for access.

Re:up2date (2, Interesting)

supersmike (563905) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465353)

Will the yum repository keep track of my system profile? How will it know which updates I need? I like not having to think about this part... just run up2date and let it figure out what I need, solve the dependencies and installation, etc.

Also, who maintains the repositories? Will they be as reliable as RHN was?

linux's enemy (5, Interesting)

musikit (716987) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465140)

Some people (not neccessarily me) don't consider Windows to be Linux's enemy. They are in fact targeting to different markets. However given the fact that you are now focusing on the enterprise level Linux environment, What other products do you feel is Linux/RedHat's enemy? Another way of saying it is, What products do you feel Linux/RedHat is competing against?

Timing (4, Interesting)

jester42 (623276) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465141)

With United Linux on the way, don't you think it was badly timed to have everybody using RedHat Linux ponder about which distribution to go for next?

Dear Mr. Szulik: (0, Offtopic)

EmCeeHawking (720424) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465143)

What's the difference between Darl McBride and a mallard with a cold?

You don't have to answer, I'll do it for you:

One off them is a sick duck.

Re:Dear Mr. Szulik: omosexual necrophiliac mallard (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7465207)

I would say that McBride is more like the homosexual necrophiliac mallard duck :) I think McBride was the actual first case.

The first case of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard Anas platyrhynchos (Aves: Anatidae)

Opportunity for small business (4, Interesting)

salesgeek (263995) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465147)

Matthew - If you were looking for an opportunity to start a small business (size at peak $25 Million revenue, perhaps 250 employees) in the Linux world, where would you go?

Red Hat and Fedora (5, Interesting)

mahdi13 (660205) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465151)

There has been lots of talk that Fedora is just a testing ground for the software that goes into RHEL. Leaving the packages that go into Fedora is a state of 'beta-test-limbo' and once the bugs are hammered out, only then will they be moved into RHEL. How true is this?

What's next? (5, Interesting)

Mr. Sketch (111112) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465152)

For the average person, RedHat _is_ Linux. Who do you believe will replace you as being the defacto Linux distribution for the average person?

Re:What's next? (1)

taybin (622573) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465277)

Um, fedora??

Making my own RHEL variant? (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7465156)

Mr Szulik, you are no doubt aware that there's a gap in your product lineup -- you have a good range of enterprise products, and a hobbyist distro, but there's something missing in the middle. A solid, tested and supported desktop for home users and small businesses, which doesn't carry the price tag of RHEL WS.

I (and thousands upon thousands of others) felt comfortable with RH's excellent QA and support. Now that this is only available in RHEL, how would you react to the community creating a freely-distributale RHEL variant? In other words, strip out the copyrighted bits, use the errata SRPMs to produce updates, and offer users with a robust, cheap and long-term supported distro.

This may cause problems with your core business, and I respect greatly the work RH does on GCC, GNOME, glibc, XFree86 etc., but I can see a group getting just enough dissatisfied to create such a distro.


Mod this up! (0)

ultrabot (200914) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465360)

However, would one actually need to be dissatisfied to create such a distro? Isn't imitation the highest form of flattery?

This is what IBM did. (1) (142825) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465161)

IBM did this with OS/2. It is far cheaper to support an operating system where you are only dealing with sysadmins then the type of people you have to say, "is it plugged in?"

Where this differs from OS/2 is that there are others producing end user version of Linux so that small end users are not left in the cold.

Emphasis on the General Linux community (5, Interesting)

j0keralpha (713423) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465162)

Your diversion to a business oriented model makes a lot of sense, although you dont need me to tell you that. However, RH has long placed a lot of emphasis on helping (and defending) the general Linux community. Will we still be able to depend on RH for their help with both linux development (possibly through Fedora, possibly not) and their commitment to Linux? Or is this a signal of departure to a more closed model?

Server without Desktop? (5, Interesting)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465163)

One of the (many) factors leading to Microsoft dominance was that they had, from the user's perspective, essentially the same operating system on the desktop and the server, in that they ran the same software; And recently, Microsoft has provided literally the same software on desktop and server. RedHat began with a general-purpose product, and then moved to an artificial separation between desktop and server as Microsoft now has, and has since moved to providing only the Server. Do you feel that this is a necessary product of the differences between open and closed source models, or is it simply the right position for RedHat to take, and not the rest of the Open Source Unix community?

Not Enough (0, Offtopic)

lamz (60321) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465166)

When you say that people aren't wearing enough red hats, do you mean that they do not own enough, or that they are simply not wearing the ones they own?

Leaving users' market for profitability? (5, Interesting)

prostoalex (308614) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465169)

Your company has been in black for a few quarters and generally has shown good growth tendencies [] for analysts to give your stock good ratings and Buy recommendations.

Your exit from the desktop Linux market was an attempt to focus the company on enterprise editions, which bring in more contracts and revenues.

How big of a business was desktop Linux for you in the first place and what was your revenue structure in that market? How much do you expect to add to bottom line by concentrating on enterprise market?

so (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7465170)

would you be interested selling me a fedora core 2 media set, and a manual?

Will Linux be RedHat's Only Core? (5, Interesting)

DragonMagic (170846) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465174)

With the SCO lawsuit, FUD from different companies and investment firms, and the need for businesses to have reliable and cost-effective solutions, will RedHat stick with GNU/Linux as its core operating system, or is there any thought to building more than one kernel-based enterprise suite? FreeBSD, OpenBSD, etc.?

Enterprise? (1)

Stiletto (12066) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465177)

My question: Why use the word "Enterprise" when the clearer and simpler "business" means the same thing?

Not really a Fedora thing, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7465178)

...who would you rather have piloting the airplane you're riding in?

a.) Darl McBride
b.) a bonobo chimp

Dear Mr. Szulik (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7465180)

Is there any truth to the rumours that you like to dress up as a transvestite Mexican gangster on alternating Jewish holidays?

Profit! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7465184)

Did you cash out at the height of the bubble?

My Question (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7465189)

What the fuck are you thinking? .. You have for the most part abandoned the average user(yes i know fedora exists). These are the people who got RH in the corporate door. I have a few RH servers in my office. As soon as the version of RH they are running expires, they will most likely become Debian. I do not have the financial resources or desire to purchse RH-AS. Could I run Fedora... yes. Will I .. no. It just seems like a pretty crappy move on the part of the company that most other corporations see as the embodiment of Linux(even if that is wrong).

Is Fedora really still supported (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7465193)

How much will RH really support Fedora project? Is it going to be similar to what Sun did with OpenOffice project?



Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7465195)

why did the chicken cross the road? huh? huh? bet cos it didn't look cool enough in the RED HAT baby

Fedora, Rawhide, and Legacy (5, Interesting)

jbeamon (208826) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465196)

Please differentiate for us the differences between Fedora Core and its periodic scheduled releases, Rawhide (which used to be a bleeding-edge, "unstable/testing" compilation), and the Fedora Legacy project. I've only heard of Legacy once in an online discussion, and there was a link back to another discussion. This knowledge would be invaluable to those of us who are willing to use a more recent compilation like Fedora, but are uncomfortable going completely without an established system for fishing through updated packages from hundreds of willing volunteers and setting up an install-compatible repository. The Legacy project especially interests me as a gesture toward the low-price entry point for small business servers that Red Hat is abandoning with the death of RHL9.

security (1)

jms258 (569015) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465201)

as you may know, many hacker circles consider Red Hat products to be insecure. how do you plan on enhancing the security of Red Hat products?

Business Model for non-Enterprise Linux? (5, Interesting)

Alan Hicks (660661) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465202)

Given that your company is backing out of the low-end "consumer" market for linux distributions, RedHat obviously feels that profit margins aren't strong enough there to justify continuing that business model. Why do you feel this is so? Services like up2date seemed to me to be a wonderful method of turning a profit. It seems to me that a linux distriution that offers something like that would be able to make plenty of profit. Could overhead be too high at RedHat to make this possible, particularly given RedHat's history of instability and insecurity compared to other linux distributions (notable Debian and Slackware, and to a lesser extent SuSE)? If that is the case, why do you feel that Enterprise Linux will turn a higher profit margin?

How have you helped Linux? (4, Interesting)

Vilim (615798) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465208)

Although I am not a user of Redhat Linux I am a Linux user who got my first start on Redhat. When I think of your descision to focus on the enterprise I can't help but think that you have done the Linux Desktop user base a great disservice. If it had not been for Redhat selling copies of its operating system in stores I would not have tried Linux at all. Linus himself even stresses that the future of Linux is in the deskop. How do you think you have aided the Linux community by removing the most accessable competitor to Windows from store shelves?

Hey Matt (2, Informative)

FrankoBoy (677614) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465213)

Hi there... Are there plans to work more closely with other Linux distributors for some kind of standardizing for the OS or even some kind of joint venture like United Linux ?

Do you see... (2, Interesting)

Pingular (670773) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465214)

Fedora as the continuance of Red Hat Linux, or as something completley different? Or something inbetween?

Question of Mr Szulik (4, Interesting)

psychoid (568115) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465216)

What are your thoughts on the Novell purchase of SuSE and the threat that they will pose to your enterprise business?

Two way street between Fedora and Enterprise (5, Interesting)

Theatetus (521747) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465218)

You have mentioned that there would be a sort of quid pro quo between Fedora and your Enterprise line: in return for the community support for Fedora as a "testing ground" for Enterprise Linux, Fedora will get some engineering and management support from Red Hat. It's not that I doubt your honesty, but I'm worried that if I were to contribute to Fedora, those contributions might get sucked into an enterprise distribution I could never afford while Fedora support ends up falling by the wayside. How two-way will the street be, and are there any assurances that it will keep being two-way?

SCO (1)

Z4rd0Z (211373) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465221)

Assuming the Redhat vs. SCO case is resolved in your favor before IBM vs. SCO makes it into court, how do you expect it to effect their case?

If you could go back in time. (5, Interesting)

AftanGustur (7715) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465222)

If you could go back in time with the knowledge you have to day, and live the dot-com years for a second time. What would you change in RedHat's business model ?

Will Red Hat become more proprietary? (4, Interesting)

divec (48748) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465224)

One of the strengths of Red Hat has always been its emphasis on Free software. Unlike, say, SuSE, which contains significant pieces of SuSE-only infrastructure (such as YaST), Red Hat has always been more careful not to "Weld The Hood Shut". This is one reason we recommend Red Hat to customers at work.

Will we continue to see this, or will Red Hat start trying to beat the competition with proprietary add-ons?

RedHat Fedora (4, Informative)

E1ven (50485) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465226)

It seems that RedHat Linux has one of the strongest brandings in the Linux world. While I understand that you want to drive sales of RedHat Enterprise Linux, I must ask why the RedHat name is not tagged to Fedora. RedHat Fedora would be a much more attractive product to many people, who would otherwise be looking at other Linux Distributions.

In my office, on the news of RedHat ending their desktop distibution, our CTO is pushing for us to migrate the Desktops back to Windows 2000, and look into putting Windows Server 2003 onto the fileservers. While we had moved away from MS to avoid their licensing, we've suddenly found ourselves much less able to avoid it.

Although I don't doubt that RedHat has done it's homework regarding dropping the Desktop Version, I'm worried about what will happen to many enterprises, such as our own, who had RedHat Enterprise on the Servers, and the Mass Distributed Red Hat 9 on the desktops. Certainly in such cases it will make my job of arguing to keep RedHat on the servers easier if we could "Maintain a homogeneous environment"

This is a FAQ (1)

Wesley Felter (138342) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465346)

Fedora is called Fedora [] so that Red Hat can keep iron-fisted control over its trademarks.

HP, Dell etc. (5, Interesting)

pubjames (468013) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465228)

It seems to me that the most important thing to gain widespread acceptance of Linux is for the big PC manufacturers to promote and factory install it.

We used to hear that when companies such as Dell and HP were approached about this, they would be very hesitant about it, probably due to fear of what Microsoft might do in retaliation.

Is this still the case? Do you think we are ever going to see Dell offering Linux as an option on their standard desktops, for example?

the big question (1)

archen (447353) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465230)

What do YOU use at home? Linux or Windows (or maybe even a Mac)?

Diverse Hardware Support (5, Interesting)

capt.Hij (318203) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465231)

One of the biggest issues for putting gnu/linux on the desktop is more support for hardware. I understand why Redhat is supporting Fedora and focusing more on industrial clients, but I am concerned about the long term implications. What will Redhat be doing to increase hardware compatibility and support? Without an official Redhat "civilian" distribution do you feel that you will have the ability to sway hardware manufacturers to support gnu/linux?

Giving back to the community (4, Interesting)

mukund (163654) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465235)

Considering that the software in your distributions are made to a great extent (atleast over 50% of it) due to the efforts of the community, and the name "Red Hat" has achieved its recognition, not only due to its quality but also due to the testing and good-mouthing of members of the community, don't you think it is unethical of you to lock out the quality Linux distribution from Red Hat from that community? The GNU movement recommends charging for service. You could provide the ISOs and package updates to mirrors who'll gladly host it for the community. Think about it. You block out people from using their own hard work, and make it available to only some exclusive money-based segment which is out of the reach of many, you will eventually lose the community's support and popularity.

Mr. CEO Guy (5, Interesting)

RawCode (464152) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465239)

I see that you feel that Linux is not ready for the desktop. In that light, what key events need to take place in your mind for Linux to be considered to be 'ready' for the desktop. Key business alliences (a la Novell/SuSE)? Key settlements in a certain IP lawsuit (SCO)? Other milestones? Please give insite into WHY you feel its not ready for prime time.

AND, if its NOT ready for the desktop, what will you run on YOUR desktop?

Wither RHCE now? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7465246)

Do you see your recent announcements having an adverse effect on the number of candidates seeking to obtain RHCE since presumably it will focus on RHEL exclusively going forward?

Did The Consumer Stream Make A Profit? (5, Interesting)

reallocate (142797) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465247)

Has Red Hat's shrinkwrapped consumer-level product stream ever made a proft? To your knowledge, has SUSE or anyone else over made a profit from consumer sales?

Standardization? (5, Interesting)

Sheetrock (152993) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465254)

I've noticed that different Linux distributions take radically different approaches to fairly menial things such as filesystem layout and package management. Lately, I've started using Gentoo, which seems to offer the best blend of configurability and power of the current crop of Linux distributions while remaining simple and fun to use, but still suffers from the pitfalls of compatibility with software designed for other distributions including Red Hat (and packaging such as RPM).

I think it is inevitable that standardization will continue to occur -- things have gotten much better over the last few years -- but do you see Red Hat changing to fit Linux or Linux changing to fit Red Hat in the future?

Upset is a understatement (4, Interesting)

codepunk (167897) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465256)

I am considering dropping our support contracts over this. The problem is that contrary to popular to his statements about the desktop not being ready, we run a ton of thin client desktops. The client machines run the non enterprise version of the os and use remote X to connect to a clustered advanced server. Their recent moves drops any possibility of support for the client machines. I am highly considering a move to either Suse and or Mandrake on both the clients and the server. I liken their move to not support the client version to Microsofts new licensing stupidity. RedHats clustering is nothing more than Kimberlite and I can download that.

I am not seeing a roadmap out of RedHat that I am comfortable with.On top of that I am spitting mad about his desktop comments a few days ago!

Package management in RH's future (3, Interesting)

timothy (36799) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465271)

I've used several distributions (distribution families, really) over the past few years, and the biggest hassle in switching from one to another is not the data (CD-Rs worked for a while, and now external hard drives), not the baseline apps (most non-specialist distributions, including RH, come with a boatload of included apps), but rather package management.

Since apt4rpm works very well, once installed, have you considered a greater use for apt vs. RPMs in Fedora / future versions of whatever products end up with the Red Hat label? Mandrake's URPMI does a great, similar job, too. I like the automatic dependency checking that this type of package manager brings, and Synaptic is one of the nicest package management front ends I've seen.


What about KDE? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7465274)

What about RedHat policy with KDE? Do you plan to finally support it or you still want to remove credits from KDE applications and modify every release removing/hiding konqueror,kmail,etc..?

abandoning linux on the desktop (2, Interesting)

bigpat (158134) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465283)

With Redhat giving up the threat of market share on the desktop, doesn't that give Micrsoft a free hand to focus its efforts on the server market? Just as years of development of Redhat Linux on the desktop seemed to develop into a pleasantly usable state.

If Fedora is Successful (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7465286)

Would you reccomend it to home users once it became more mature and stable, for example when Fedora Core 2 or 3 comes out in the future.

Branding (1)

pmz (462998) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465287)

Who was the Einstein who chose to dispense with "Red Hat" for the Free/Consumer versions of the OS? Red Hat is one of the names many of us "grew up" with, along with Slackware, Debian, etc. Choosing the name Fedora seems like Red Hat took a left turn when everyone else wanted to go straight.

Running against the grain. (1)

i_r_sensitive (697893) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465288)

With the current drive of the OSDL and most of the Open Source community towards pushing Linux to the desktop, why is Red Hat eschewing this drive? Don't you think that this paradigm shift needs all the major players (including RedHat) to commit to this drive in order for it to be successful?

My question is about application installation (2, Interesting)

novakane007 (154885) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465294)

Some of the loudest complaints about Linux revolve around package managment and installation. Granted this field has improved lately with things like Red Carpet and Synapse, but application installation is still the most cubersome process in linux. With new initiatives by the Linux community to make a bigger dent in the desktop community, does Red Hat have any plans for some type of installation manager, like the wise installer? Some applications like Ximian and Open Office do a pretty good job of making the installation user friendly, but wouldn't it be valuable to the not so techy users to have a common and easy way to install new software?

Novell + Linux (5, Interesting)

nepheles (642829) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465297)

What do you think are the implications of the Novell purchase of SuSe (and Ximian, for that matter)?

RHAS licensing (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7465306)

Here's a not-very-hypothetical situation. My company just bought about decent number of RHAS licenses - well, not really, I suppose, but that's how everyone refers to it, and the salesmen seem to encourage this.

I'd like to install Linux on a 'scratch' machine for some minor development and testing, and I now have a problem.

1) I don't like to use RH9 with that on life-support.
2) I can't install RHAS because the 'license' costs more than the ancient box it'll be on, and if I put an 'unlicensed' copy on our suppport contract is invalidated.
3) If I put on some other Linux, it's not all that compatiable with the RHAS.

So what the heck am I supposed to do? Do you really think this is good for Redhat? And isn't problem #2 really skirting the edges of what's allowed under the GPL?

If I sell Foobar Linux for $1000 a copy, with a $900 rebate if you don't execise any GPL rights, I don't think that's ok with the GPL, but it seems equivalent to what's going on with the advanced server licenses.

public vs private (4, Interesting)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465308)

Once upon a time, Red Hat was a private concern. Then .coms and linux became valid business models and Red Hat had a wildly popular IPO.

Has being a public company altered your business decisions? Obviously, the infusion of cash allowed for greater growth, made it easy to buy other companies, and made unprofitability possible. But has meeting the streets demands adversly affected your business decisions?

General Desktop functionality (2, Interesting)

jasonbowen (683345) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465312)

What are the top issues you feel that need to be sorted out in order for Linux to really compete with Mac OS X and Windows?

What about making CD sets and DVDs available (1)

!Squalus (258239) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465321)

Will Red Hat make any CDs or DVDs availabel for Fedora at all? I keep getting excellent Downloads, but the damn burning process is giving me fits for Fedora. Severn worked fine - Fedora is being cranky for some reason. All MD5 sums check out - just burining it and making it bootable isn't working like it should. Will Red Hat burn any Fedora Core CD's or DVDs and make them available?

I like the idea, it just bites when Severn burned fine and Fedora won't.

Compensate people you've hurt (1)

morpheus98 (680698) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465323)

Mr. Szulik,

How do you intend to recompense the many small, independent Linux solutions providers which you have now put in a terrible position?

These are the companies that for years have been informing their clients that Red Hat is the best; placing Red Hat Linux servers in their clients locations, providing installation and integration services, and then the follow-up technical support.

Now, their clients are hooked on Red Hat and are being forced to upgrade to a version whose technical support offerings/requirements effectively cut the Linux solutions providers off at the knees.

There are many other businesses who have that kind of ruthless reputation (SCO, Microsoft, etc). Does Red Hat plan on helping those who have helped them, or do they seek a similar reputation?


personal OS choice? (4, Insightful)

BigGerman (541312) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465324)

Which OS and desktop environments you, your colleagues and friends use every day?
thanks in advance for your honest and direct answer.

What is Red Hat's purpose? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7465326)

How does Red Hat pertain to that burning question about the meaning of life, the universe, Linux on the desktop, and every thing?

My Job Application (1)

Blarfy_Snarflepoop (541822) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465329)

Dear Mr. Szulik,

I recently applied for a system administrator position at your Raleigh headquarters - I was just wondering what my chances are.

Thanks! Erik Williamson.

Linux or GNU/Linux? (0)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465332)

Consumer distributions (1)

nepheles (642829) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465334)

What is the best consumer Linux distribution?

Where should Redhat desktop users go next? (3, Interesting)

Proudrooster (580120) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465335)

Dear Mr. Szulik,

I have been purchasing and promoting RedHat Linux as a desktop alternative and it appears from recent official statements that RedHat is abandoning the desktop effort. I know the RedHat has recently annouced Fedora as a replacement to the boxed RedHat distribution which is supposed to be community based.

In my experience as an RHCE, Redhat has done very little to promote a sense of community among it's users or RHCE's. A year ago, RedHat started some online forumns to start the community building processes but, the forumns were very short lived (2 months). Based on all this, where should the users and believers in a desktop Linux solution go next and, what is Redhat doing to and build an effective user/developer community around Fedora? Also, can you comment on the response that Fedora has received so far?

Before you re-invent the wheel.. (1)

aksansai (56788) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465339)

I've noticed quite a few questions that have been answered and re-answered again and again on the Fedora mailing lists and the Fedora Project website. Please read the Fedora FAQ [] before asking Szulik a question thats been answered a thousand times already by people who actually know what the hell is going on with Fedora.

Pricing on RHAS 3 for compute clusters? (1)

binkleym (723884) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465341)

I am the senior sysadmin for a large (> 200 nodes today, ~1200 in 3 years) academic compute cluster. We are currently evaluating new operating systems for the cluster, and we've looked at RedHat Advanced Server 3. I am curious about your plans for this market. It seems to be the best choice at the moment, but the current pricing structure makes it ludicrously expensive.

What I would like to see is a low-cost cluster version, that basically comes with a CD and access to the RPM updates folder, for $20/node. That would be a major sell around here.

See you at Supercomputing 2003...

What is Red Hat Professional Workstation? (1)

_|()|\| (159991) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465351)

I saw a copy of Red Hat Professional Workstation [] at CompUSA this weekend. It's not listed in bugzilla, and the web page all but says, "Don't buy this." What is RHPW, and who should buy it?

no question here but.. (1)

loconet (415875) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465354)

I would like to thank you for taking the time in answering questions from the community. Not many CEOs would listen to the community this close or would even attempt to answer their own customer questions.

Debian (1)

pjrc (134994) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465362)

Why should I switch to Fedora, rather than Debian

RHAT dividend? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7465367)

It seems that more companies are paying dividends these days. Will RHAT start paying a dividend?

Question to mr Szulik (2, Insightful)

motox (312416) | more than 10 years ago | (#7465370)

Why the OpenSource community should contribute to what's effectively your open beta test ( Fedora ), a project that will never be stable, and then have to buy back from RedHat their own work ? Don't you think the users will simply shift to other distributions, especially given the ludicrous price you set for an operating system that is 99% based on free software ?

Motivations? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7465376)

Did RedHat make this move in response to the increasing popularity of Linux, in the sense that more and more people who are less technically inclined are making greater demands on RedHat for support? In other words, have you created a demand but underestimated the burden of responsibility for it?
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