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How Red Hat Decides Which Open Source Companies to Buy

Jun 29, 2012, 16:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

It's a classic business school case study – when do you decide to buy a company and when do you decide to build it on your own?

When it comes to open source technologies, the decision is even tougher since the technology by definition is open. It's a challenge that Linux leader Red Hat grapples with all the time. This week, Red Hat decided to go the buy route, and acquired middleware player Fusesource for an undisclosed sum. In an interview with InternetNews, Red Hat CEO, Jim Whitehurst explained why he decided to acquire Fusesource and how he goes about the buy versus build decision making process.

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