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Matthew J. Szulik, CEO, Red Hat Software


Matthew J. Szulik

This March, you were reported to have had dinner with Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer at a New York restaurant. What did you talk about?

That article has been a source of great conjuncture. Red Hat and Microsoft have engaged each other numerous times in the last 12 months, largely initiated by customers. Both companies have to ensure interoperability within the corporate IT environment.

Is Microsoft changing its ways?

From a business-practices standpoint, Microsoft continues to be an aggressive company. If we have noticed a change, it's that Linux and open source have a footprint in enterprise computing that is driving dialogue.