7 Open Source Questions With Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst
I recently had a chance to sit down over a Thai food lunch with Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst. Whitehurst, who took over Red Hat after leaving Delta Airlines in 2007, had a lot to say about the current situation of open source computing.
1. How Does Open Source = Kaizen Manufacturing?
Whitehurst compared open source software development to the Kaizen "continuous-improvement" manufacturing system made famous by Toyota. According to Whitehurst, open source is the digital equivalent of breaking up the manufacturing process into key individual components and using just-in-time inventory to make sure you have the right re-usable objects at hand when you need them.
2. What's Up With Red Hat & OpenStack?