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Red Hat Stands Alone, For The Better

Mar 30, 2009, 21:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Serdar Yegulalp)

"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 right way."

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