Linux, musical road-dogging, and daily life by Paul W. Frields
“The king is dead, long live the king” sounds wrong.

“The king is dead, long live the king” sounds wrong.

Matthew Szulik steps down as CEO of Red Hat.

I’ve met Mr. Szulik a few times, but he really doesn’t know me from Adam. However, I will never forget the opening remarks he made at the 2006 Red Hat Summit in Nashville, Tennessee. He talked about his kids — his daughter in particular, if I recall correctly — challenging him to make a difference, to use Red Hat as a vehicle for global change. Mr. Szulik has helped make corporate good citizenship a part of the vocabulary of every Red Hat employee I’ve met, and of all those folks, I’ve not met one who had a negative thing to say about him.

Undoubtedly Mr. Szulik will continue to be a great asset to Red Hat as he continues on as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Speaking just for myself as a member of the Fedora community, I hope Mr. Whitehurst is ready to fill some mighty big shoes, and that we will all welcome him to his company’s partnership with us.

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