Former Red Hat Execs Start New Linux Company
Former Red Hat and Cygnus technology executives Kim Knuttila and Erik Troan have joined forces to found a new, customized-Linux company.Former Red Hat Inc. and Cygnus Solutions Inc. technology executives Kim Knuttila and Erik Troan have founded a new open-source company, Specifix Inc., that produces tailored Linux solutions targeting enterprises, hardware OEMs and other Linux users. Specifix Inc. will soon be delivering Conaryan open-source technology for building, deploying and managing a single Linux code base across an unlimited number of configurations and hardware platforms. With Conary, officials of Specifix, based in San Jose, Calif,. says users will be able to modify Linux source code to suit their needs, track and merge changes with the Specifix Linux reference implementation, and build their own tailored distribution. This cycle can be repeated through multiple versions of the users tailored Linux operating system.
The Specifix management team had more than 35 years of Linux, GNU tools and open-source development experience. Kim Knuttila, the companys co-founder and CEO, was most recently the vice president of Engineering Services at Red Hat. There, he managed the former Cygnus business unit to deliver open-source and embedded Linux solutions. Before coming to Red Hat, Knuttila was vice president of Engineering with Cygnus Solutions, a tools developer acquired by Red Hat in 1999.