Red Hat talks up JBoss middleware for enterprise

Tough talking is a way of life in the airline business, a sector over-stuffed with suppliers teetering on the brink of extinction, and with a reputation for costly and poor service.

Two months after plucking new chief executive James Whitehurst - a man with a self-confessed lack of direct involvement in open source software but who is known for his operational experience - from struggling Delta Airlines, Red Hat is now talking big.

Whitehurst's vice president in charge of Red Hat's JBoss middleware Craig Muzilla, said Red Hat is going to undercut giants IBM, Oracle and Microsoft in the saturated and expensive middleware sector during the next seven years, using the full JBoss stack.

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Yea, source points to an interview.

Whitehurst has never directly involved with open source when he was with Delta but has made a transition to work with an open source company. Like many, he played with open source, primarily channeled as unix, in his earlier years.

"I have a degree in computer science, and in my nonworking life, I've played around with Slackware and other open-source applications. I've been an avid watcher of this for years. Clearly, I'm getting more up to speed about open source."



Saying that Whitehurst has not been involved in open source software is quite a stretch for a guy who uses several distros, including perhaps the oldest distro, Slackware since the mid 90's. The second link here even mentions how Delta used Red Hat for "big mission-critical pieces of software"

Not sure if the implication that he may not know Open Source comes from another source, or if it is Neowin editorial leeway.