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In 1998, shortly after moving his family to North Carolina, Matthew J. Szulik took a call from an old friend and business associate, Bill Kaiser, general manager of Greylock Ventures in Waltham, Massachusetts. Greylock had just become the first venture capital firm to invest in a free-software company, Linux distributor Red Hat in Raleigh. Now Kaiser was looking for someone to turn it into a profitable business. "I picked up the phone," Kaiser recalled, "and said, 'Matthew, here's an opportunity to change the world. Are you interested?'"
Please note that this comment of yours, "He's a full-throated evangelist for a technology and a company that have been growing globally by distributing computer code without copyright restrictions", is entirely incorrect and at the core of the continuing litigations involving GNU/Linux.
GNU/Linux is distributed under the General Public License (GPL) and all code contained is certainly copyrighted and comes with the authors restrictions as to copyright as noted in each file of the software. For a detailed explanation of the GPL, please visit the Free Software Foundation on the www.
In these times, I am certain that you understand how important it is for a journalist to present an unbiased fully researched article. Another link that you may find useful is www.groklaw.net. This site is manned 24/7, it seems by the venrable pj, and will present you with unbiased world class research regarding the current state of Red Hat, SCOG, IBM and others litigation as well as comments from some of this worlds most intelligent citizens, as well as us average Joes.
Thank you for your time,