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CNET News.com: Will Red Hat’s success spark backlash?

“Growing investments in Red Hat may be a rising tide lifting all
Linux boats, but it appears that Red Hat is getting a bigger boat
out of the deal as well.”

“Red Hat is the beneficiary of investments from four major
computing companies, and the company’s founder says all the other
Linux distributors will benefit from the investment as well. That
might be true, say industry observers, but they won’t benefit as
much as Red Hat.”

“The Linux community is sensitive to any one player dominating
the open source community. The members of the Linux community who
are really libertarian are going to feel affronted that the vendors
are starting to…pick the winner in the market,” Weiss said. “The
more Red Hat piles these investments up, the more it looks to the
community that there is a ‘standardization effort’ around Red
Hat.”

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