“Red Hat is a completely different company than it was five years ago,” insisted Brian Stevens, the company’s new chief technology officer. Stevens himself is a 14-year DEC veteran who lives in the Boston area. He’s been charged with shepherding open-source technologies (not just Linux) toward mission-critical readiness. At DEC, he was an architect for the company’s Tru64 Operating System. He also helped develop the X Window System, widely used as the graphical interface for Unix. Stevens stopped by the GCN offices and spoke with associate writer Joab Jackson.