[CentOS] Would RHEL, CentOS, and Fedora Remain Open Source/Free Software After IBM Buys Red Hat for $34 Billion?

Wed Oct 31 13:55:36 UTC 2018
Leroy Tennison <leroy at datavoiceint.com>

If I heard/remember correctly, AT&T's UNIX was proprietary but they released it to academic institutions under NDA and were lax in enforcement.  We all know what happened. In this case it's obviously open source, we know what will happen if someone tries something.  My main concern is future development, will it remain open source.  My real fear is that a certain un-named company is going to feel pressured to buy Canonical.

My surprise is that no one is commenting on the price IMB is offering, a 60-70% premium, that in and of itself seems risky.

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From: CentOS <centos-bounces at centos.org> on behalf of Japheth Cleaver <cleaver at terabithia.org>
Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 11:15 PM
To: CentOS mailing list; Turritopsis Dohrnii Teo En Ming
Subject: [EXTERNAL] Re: [CentOS] Would RHEL, CentOS, and Fedora Remain Open Source/Free Software After IBM Buys Red Hat for $34 Billion?

On 10/30/2018 9:12 PM, Turritopsis Dohrnii Teo En Ming wrote:
> Why do you say so?
> On 10/31/18 12:44 AM, Turritopsis Dohrnii Teo En Ming wrote:
>> Good morning from Singapore,
>> This is of paramount importance. Would Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), CentOS, and Fedora remain open source/free software after IBM buys Red Hat for $34 Billion?
> yes, because closing the code is the same as burning $34 Billion.

Think of it this way: A company specializing in 10 year support for an
operating environment is being bought by a company specializing in 25-30
year support for an operating environment. Enterprise Linux -- and thus
any derivative, like CentOS -- is not going away any time soon.

Fedora's value is far more in the technology aggregation (IMO) than
support. IBM isn't <some other company that shall remain nameless> and
thus I don't think the project is any danger, but Fedora would be
workably forkable if it really came down to it.


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