Whitehurst: We really sell choice, choice, choice. So our virtualization supports Windows and Linux. Our application server runs on Windows as well. Because we offer choice at every layer, we're not trying to say buy this whole monolithic stack from us. So the fact that we don't have the database and we partner with a lot of others to provide that, I think that works fine for us.
IDG News Service: Red Hat also relies heavily on Java, which is controlled by your competitor, Oracle. What's your view of Oracle's stewardship of Java?
Whitehurst: We are watching [Oracle's handling of Java] closely. I don't think anything's happened thus far that really concerns us, but we want to watch it carefully.
IDG News Service: Google was largely exonerated in the lawsuit Oracle filed against it over Java intellectual-property violations in the Android mobile OS, although Oracle plans to appeal. What was your reaction to that?
Whitehurst: I was very pleased. I think that's important. If Java's going to be an open standard that people use, it can't tied up on a whim. So we were pleased to see that's where the courts came out.
Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris's e-mail address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com