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Red Hat CEO: Open Source is Not Just About Cost

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Red Hat is a company that generates over $1 billion a year in revenues from open source software. It should come as no surprise then, that the CEO of Red Hat sees being open as the key to innovation.

In the beginning of the open source era, however, incremental innovation was the norm. For example, many initially viewed Linux as a better implementation of Unix and MySQL, as an incremental innovation of a database.

With the emergence of cloud, Whitehurst argued that all of the core innovations are coming from open source, except for one.

"Name an innovation that isn't happening in open source - other than Azure," Whitehurst said.

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