RHEL 5: What's coming (Interview w/ Scott Crenshaw)

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I was fortunate to do a Q&A session today with Scott Crenshaw, Senior Director of Product Management and Marketing for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux product. We talked about a range of things related to the early 2007 release of RHEL 5: product features, competition with Oracle and Novell, and other things.

We spent the most time, however, talking about Red Hat's views on and plans for virtualization and how Red Hat gets product to market.

On the latter topic, I was most impressed with something Scott told me when I asked how the Oracle announcement had affected Red Hat:

This will sound trite, because every vendor says it, but Red Hat is focused on customers, not competitors. Oracle's announcement shook things up around here for a day or so, and then we got back to work.

This focus on the customer permeates everything we do. For example, RHEL 5 was designed by customers, for customers. The customers decided on the right virtualization approach. They decided on the other features, as well. Red Hat ships it, but customers build the roadmap.

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