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TLWIR 22: Red Hat, India's Supreme Court, and More

Oct 20, 2011, 12:07 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rex Djere)

[ Thanks to Andrew Weber for this link. ]

"Red Hat is about to buy an open source storage company called Gluster, a maker of an open source distributed file system. Gluster allows a company or individual to create their own public or private cloud deployment. Gluster is a great addition to the Red Hat family of software, one that already has a very rich selection of choices. For example, starting with Fedora 16, Fedora will support Openstack, a cloud operating system created by Rackspace and NASA. Presumably, Openstack support will make its way from Fedora to Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and this will allow customers to combine Gluster and Openstack in interesting ways in their cloud applications.

"In the last edition of The Linux week in review, I gave a preview of Fedora 16. In this edition, I will discuss some conceptual differences between Oracle and Red Hat. These fundamental differences cause me to trust Red Hat, but reserve my trust as it relates to Oracle. There are many reasons for this, but one of the primary ones is this: Red Hat acquires open source companies, and then leverages these companies to give their customers more freedom and more choices. Oracle, in my humble opinion, seems to buy companies with only one goal in mind: to make as much money from the company as possible. If it does not see any way to monetize the purchase, it simply dumps the product, as it recently did with OpenOffice.org. However, there is an unseen cost in this kind of behavior. Each time that I see Red Hat buy an open source company and nurture it, even if they may be losing some money on the deal, I gain a little bit more faith in Red Hat. When I see Oracle use a company or product up, and then dump it like yesterday's trash, I not only lose faith in Oracle, I lose faith in the product. I used OpenOffice.org for 7 years, but I will never use it again. Oracle so damaged the product that Libreoffice is now a much better choice for a myriad of reasons. Oracle could take a hard lesson from Red Hat when it comes to developing loyalty, and brand confidence."

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