Interview with Red Hat Vice President, Open Source Affairs – Michael Tiemann gets to enjoy an interesting interview with the Red Hat VP. Some good points were explored here; some of these points include Fedora, what the feelings about the home user are, and so on.

One thing that I found interesting was the sentiment about Red Hat clones. The main feeling about the issue remains that the Red Hat is simply a superior product and those who try it will discover this.

Michael Tiemann recently took some time to do an email interview with (Thanks Michael!). As you can probably tell from some of the questions, this interview is a touch old. If you have a question that you’d like answered, post it in this thread. I’ll send a few of the best questions, as followups, to Michael.

LQ) Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from, where did you go to school and the other basics.

MT) When most people ask this question, they mean “where did you get your degree?” I got my BS CSE from the Moore School at the University of Pennsylvania. That’s the final resting place for several chunks of the first all-digital computer, the ENIAC. But I started learning about computers at home, about 1974, when my father bought and assembled an IMSAI 8080, then later a Cromemco Z2-D with three or four 64KB banks of RAM and a 10MB winchester hard disk. As I recall, the Z2-D computer cost as much as our station wagon. And that’s when I started to learn BASIC, PL/I, Pascal, C, FORTH, LISP, and many other programming languages. It was a passion of mine since I was 12 to write a compiler, and after writing a few toy compilers in CS class, I got my chance in 1987 to transform the GNU C Compiler into the GNU C++ compiler, and later, to merge it as part of the GNU Compiler Collection.

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