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Hackers still important, Red Hat exec says

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Volunteer hackers still play an important role in open source software development despite the many companies that pay developers to work on open source products, according to Michael Tiemann, Red Hat's vice president of open source affairs.

Tiemann, who is also president and a member of the board at the Open Source Initiative, a nonprofit organization that promotes open source software, was in India last week to address a symposium on the impact of intellectual property laws on innovation and progress. In a telephone interview from Delhi, Tiemann talked to IDG News Service on a wide range of issues relating to the open source movement.

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