Former-Adobe boss, Harold Covert, has moved to Linux-software publisher Red Hat.

Covert, who is widely credited with reviving Adobe’s fortunes, replaces Red Hat's previous CFO, Manoj George, and brings twenty years management experience with him.

Prior to Adobe, Covert held CFO positions with Philips and ISC Systems. According to Reuters, Matthew Szulik, Red Hat’s president and CEO, said: "His strategic advice and insight will be invaluable in helping Red Hat grow its global leadership position in the open source technology industry."

Covert said: "Red Hat is not just a company, it's a top-tier organization on a mission to bring better software to more users."

Red Hat specializes in open-source Linux software. In 1999, Linux, according to a recent IDC report held 24.6 per cent of the server operating system market, up from 15.4 per cent in 1998.