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Red Hat A No-Show At LinuxWorld

Where in the world is Red Hat?

That's the big question on the minds of attendees, solution providers and industry analysts this week at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in San Francisco, who are wondering why the top Linux distributor is a virtual no-show at one of the biggest Linux events of the year.

Raleigh, N.C.-based Red Hat, a Linux industry pioneer and market leader, chose not to have a booth in the exhibit hall or any visible presence at the show Tuesday--no banners, logos or T-shirts.

"It's strange," said Eren Niazi, president and CEO of Open Source Systems, Sunnyvale, Calif., from his booth at the conference.

Steve Womer, a senior IT architect at Nationwide Insurance, Columbus, Ohio, a customer of Red Hat and Novell SUSE, said it was inappropriate for the largest Linux software company to blow off the event.

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