"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:"