Red Hat: Linux Pays Off - And Isn't Bloated

Posted by red5 on Sep 24, 2009 9:24 PM EDT; By Sean Kerner
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The recession is proving to be an opportune time for Linux vendor Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) as it continues to grow revenues and earnings. According to Red Hat executives, the growth is coming at the expense of rivals and as a result of customer confidence in the abilities of Linux and Red Hat's JBoss middleware platform. The growth of Red Hat's business is not however a sign of bloat. During Red Hat's second quarter earnings investor call on Wednesday, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst responded to an analyst question about Linux founder Linus Torvalds' comment earlier this week that Linux was bloated. "As Linux has continued to grow and its applicability continues to expand, there's just more feature functionality that people are looking for to be built into the operating system," Whitehurst said. "I don't think of that as bloat."

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