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sendmail.net: Who's Afraid of Red Hat?

Nov 15, 1999, 23:11 (10 Talkback[s])

"With its acquisition of Cygnus, Red Hat has given its investors another reason to believe while sending a tremor of concern through the open-source community. The self-proclaimed Linux powerhouse may not be on the Justice Department's radar yet, but their consolidation strategy has prompted fears that Red Hat is setting itself up as the de facto arbiter of Linux development, with a market position that would allow it to fork at will and take a big chunk of the market with it. Others, though, see Red Hat strengthening Linux as its own position is strengthened, citing the company's history of good works and noting that the Linux community remains a powerful counterweight to any imperial ambitions Red Hat might have."

"Chris DiBona, Linux evangelist at VA Linux, thinks the deal is good for both Red Hat and Cygnus - and while it might be worrisome for the Linux community, they probably don't need to worry. An obvious win for Red Hat is the engineering talent at Cygnus, says DiBona. "By buying Cygnus, Red Hat gets a lot of really great engineers - which they need, because Red Hat's always been a little bit engineering-light, especially recently. Cygnus is one of those companies where it's all engineering plus a few other guys - and those other guys are all really, really good managers. Because Cygnus has made this work for 10 years, profitably. And they've made a great deal of money."

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