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IBM to purchase Red Hat

Discussion in 'Linux & Open Source' started by opethdisciple, Oct 28, 2018.

  1. opethdisciple


    Joined: May 18, 2010

    Posts: 17,106

    Location: London

    All over the internet. New just broke. :eek:

    Red Hat announcement.


    Personally I don't like it. But we need to wait and see.
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2018
  2. Hades


    Joined: Oct 19, 2002

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    Location: Surrey and London

    I just came here to post the same :)

    It's certainly an interesting time for Linux. Suse was was also bought a few months ago. It wouldn't surprise me if Microsoft made a bid for Canonical soon.
  3. MrRockliffe

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Apr 14, 2014

    Posts: 1,892

    Location: Hampshire

    In what way don't you like it?

    IBM have said they're going to keep Red Hat a separate entity, so no issues with how they're going to operate as a company. If anything, it'll be a boom for them, as they'll be given a much larger resource pool.

    A few Red Hat customers I've spoken to already see it as a good thing :)
  4. LizardKing


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 7,393

    Location: The Land of Roundabouts

    I'd be concerned for CentOS/Fedora going forward on this one!

    Also, as Hades alludes to if MS do go for Ubuntu, i wonder if there still living by there old moto "Embrace, extend, and extinguish" they are one the of worlds largest contributors to open source, so there clearly in the extend part, when do we get to extinguish!....

    I guess we always have OpenBSD to fall back on.
  5. Rroff

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Oct 13, 2006

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    For some reason I thought RH had long been under IBM's wing.
  6. LabR@t


    Joined: Nov 30, 2005

    Posts: 7,693

    debian all the way.........................
  7. shine


    Joined: Aug 23, 2005

    Posts: 3,844

    Location: Beds

    One of the things that made RHEL and their other products so popular was their reasonable licensing costs v Oracle/IBM products. If they start pushing up prices it will be interesting to see what happens.

    I am a huge fan of Red Hat so it will be interesting to see how this works out.
  8. opethdisciple


    Joined: May 18, 2010

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    I'm abit sceptical as these big corporations always have their own agendas.
  9. jakspyder


    Joined: Aug 12, 2008

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    Location: Edinburgh

    you can bet they'll be recouping that 34billion asap. IBM licencing is a nightmare, just getting it to work is insane. We're looking quite seriously towards ubuntu, we have a pretty solid refusal to do business with IBM ever due to past issues.
  10. opethdisciple


    Joined: May 18, 2010

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    Location: London

    Yep. My initial reaction to this was not positive.