Linux Gets New Leadership
Gen. H. Hugh Shelton, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, joins Red Hat board, while several open-source luminaries team up in Washington.In a week of appointments designed to improve the use of Linux in the public sector, General H. Hugh Shelton, the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and counsel to the President, joined Red Hat Inc.s board of directors, while several open-source luminaries joined forces with George Washington Universitys Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute. In a statement released on Thursday, General Shelton said he was enthusiastic about joining the Red Hat board and about its "tremendous vision." A native of Tarboro, N.C., Shelton received a Bachelors Degree in Textiles from North Carolina State University. He later became the 14th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on October 1, 1997, and served two 2-year terms. Meanwhile, Brian Behlendorf, a founder of the Apache Web server project; Miguel de Icaza, the co-founder of open-source desktop and server solution provider Ximian; Hans Reiser, creator of the Reiser file system; and Jeffrey Bates, a founder of the Slashdot Web site, have all pledged to help the CSPRI promote the use of open-source software in the public sector.
Behlendorf said that while he wants the public sector to adopt open-source technologies, he also wants to help the government to understand that it "can work with the open-source community to promote open standards, open systems and open government."