re: IBM is acquiring Red Hat VIEW POST


Yeah, this is huge and unexpected news. The rumors that Red Hat will stay its own entity are encouraging.

RedHat has been super revolutionary for open source and it offers a really cool business model for open source companies. I hope this is a net positive for them!


IBM and Microsoft being the torch bearers for open source. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.


Microsoft is the biggest OS contributor on GitHub (well before the acquisition). It's kind of hilarious if you think about it.

OSS is bigger than just GitHub, also how do you measure bigness in OSS? By number of committers? Commits? SLOC? Involvement in other projects?

You could argue the bigness of a company in OSS is even a smell. It implies they also have a lot of control.

OSS is bigger than just GitHub

One fact doesn't invalidate the other :-)

I was just nothing that I find funny how MS completely changed their stance on open source in a few years.

The Nadella era has a very different tone than the Ballmer era.



The rumors that Red Hat will stay its own entity are encouraging.

Yeah, both sides have said that Red Hat will continue to call their own shots, but basically every big software buyout nowadays says the exact same thing in order to preserve stock prices. Doesn't really mean much, sadly.


The thing is that if they do not manage to not piss people off, they just threw $34b out of the window - there's pretty much nothing else of value in RH. All the code is out there for anyone to copy (and Oracle did copycat a product and pretty much failed). Of course few people will give them a finger and go work for Google or someone from 21st century right away, but the internal sentiment is more positive than I would thought.

Of course it's more positive: the likeliest alternatives were Oracle (barf) or maybe Microsoft (far less barftacular than an Oracle acquisition but still likely to set off religion-based quitting).

Plus, if you've been at Red Hat for a while, that $190/share against whatever's in your ESPP goes a good way towards salving any potential chapping.


It’s also the only logical thing to do short term. Red Hat has to be a pretty complicated organization.

Context: I am someone who interned there for 2 summers a few years ago (I did get to sit on one conference call with Lennart Poettering...). I imagine there is a moderately sized group of people who are very upset about this and either already are or will soon be making a fair bit of noise. Internally there was a company-wide mailing list called memo-list on which anybody could send an email and have everyone else in the company see it. Lots of very big disputes took place on it (most notably when I was an intern: IT decided that maintaining internal sendmail servers was no longer tenable and switched to gmail. Lots of people were mad about this).

There were lots of folks who were passionate about Red Hat as a company and its place in computing history and in the open source community. And another interesting challenge will be that a large proportion of the company works remotely. In my time as an intern, there were desks in the office that ostensibly belonged to people (they had possessions and papers sitting on them) that I never saw in my 6 cumulative months there. IBM, notably, changed its stance on remote work relatively recently.

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