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Multiculturalism may be something that is frowned upon in some parts of Australia but for Red Hat, the premier open source company, it has proved to be a blessing and nothing else.


The volume of people in this part of the country speaking a language other than English has helped the company no end in consolidating its presence in Brisbane.

Paul Gampe, vice-president of the Engineering Services and Operations group at Red Hat, (pic below left) elaborated on these facts and others during the Business in Open Source mini-conference, part of the 12th Australian national Linux conference in Brisbane, this morning.

In his talk, titled "What is Red Hat doing in Brisbane?" Gampe traced the evolution of the company, from its early days when it was just a sales and marketing outlet for the region to one where practically all major functions are being done out of this city.

With 3000 employees in 66 offices in 30 countries, it would seem somewhat incongruous that Brisbane, not the best known city internationally, would be playing such a major role.
Paul Gampe
But the availability of people who can deal with the complexity of Asia on its own terms, in large part, has helped Brisbane become a major centre for development.

Gampe said Brisbane co-ordinated the activities of the offices in India, China and South Korea.

The strengths of these countries - the programming talent in China, the abundance of people who were used to dealing with language issues in India and the embedded device skills in South Korea - had been marshalled to help in consolidation.

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A professional journalist with decades of experience, Sam for nine years used DOS and then Windows, which led him to start experimenting with GNU/Linux in 1998. Since then he has written widely about the use of both free and open source software, and the people behind the code. His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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