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.
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