The Red Hat CEO, Jim Whitehurst, talks about making money and community...

Information Week did an interview with the Red Hat CEO. The great thing about the interview was the down to earth and realistic attitude he has towards his company and his job/role.  He talks about the problems with forking apps and his thoughts on the Visualization.  While everyone talks about whether or not an Open Source company can make money Red Hat is one that proves it can be done.  Subscription models for support do work and provide for both on going and long term growth as you add new subscribers.  I found the article interesting and his insight was inspiring.

Brian Wagner

Brian started working with *nix in while a student at Kent State University in the early 90's. In 1995, as an E-Mail Administrator for Caliber Technology (now part of Fedex) he was tasked with administering Sendmail on both Slackware Linux and Solaris Systems. His first home install of Linux was MkLinux DR1 in 1996 on his 60 Mhz PowerMac. Since then Brian has been working and consulting on Linux and it's uses in the Enterprise to support everything from E-Mail, Firewalls, Web and File serving to custom cluster solutions and grid solutions. Brian has had the opportunity to work in both Fortune 500 companies and small 2 person organizations. This has given him the unique insight into the differences every size business faces.