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Health check: Red Hat - This year's model

Dec 10, 2009, 20:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Hillesley)

"Staying at the top of the pile may present a different set of problems. Free and open source software has made its presence felt, the operating system has become increasingly commoditised, free software is rising up the stack, cloud computing and virtualisation are transforming the market for operating systems, and open source (in some form or another) is being adopted or proclaimed by many different companies.

"In a changing market the operating system may not be enough. Red Hat has to stay ahead of the game, or play catch up where it can, which is why it has moved into middleware with JBoss and acquired Qumranet and its virtualisation software, KVM. JBoss, in conjunction with Linux and KVM, gives Red Hat perfect leverage into the cloud, which is where the operating system may be going. JBoss uses free software licenses, albeit the LGPL, and KVM has been included in the Linux kernel as of version 2.6.20s."

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