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7 Open Source Questions With Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst

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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?

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