"Isn't there something disingenuous in such thinking? "Open
source is indeed a fine component of a business model -- provided
someone else is paying your bills for you."
"Pardon the pun, but I don't buy it. If Red Hat has done this
well for themselves -- not just financially, but in terms of clout,
respect, and being a consistent leader in their industry -- what
could compel them to think they could do better by being bought? As
Jim Whitehurst himself put it, Red Hat benefits by being an island
(or, rather, a "Switzerland") unto itself. Being someone else's
property wouldn't give them any particular advantage that they
don't already have or which they can't grow on their own -- the
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