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And Then There Was One: Red Hat

Dec 07, 2010, 23:34 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Dean)

"There are only days left until 2010 is done, and this year is one that anyone interested in open source should remember for a long time, because it was the year that every single U.S. public company focused on open source lost its independence, except one: Red Hat. With the news of Novell's sale still fresh, and with Oracle's acquisition of Sun Microsystems fading in the rear view mirror, it's easy to forget that Novell and Sun were both once-mighty commercial open source-focused companies that are only shells of themselves now. Meanwhile, Red hat marches on to quarter after quarter of financial success with its own open source strategy. What has Red Hat done right?

"How powerful was Sun Microsystems as a purveyor of open source and open standards before Oracle subsumed it? The Register has a good piece on former Sun CEO Scott McNealy up, which puts some of that in perspective:"

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