"First they ignore you"...Red Hat Linux and IBM

12/12/2018

This article should not be boring.

It is a mega money 34 Billion dollar deal that outlines the value of Linux for hard core corporatists. After years of handkerchief waving, rip snorting, poo poohing of the viability of this "free" OS, one of the biggest players in IT consulting, project management and system design, pays serious cash for the "Enterprise" version. Sounds suspiciously liked you've all been duped, again.

You've got to give credit though; first telling you it's worthless, then buying it once the game is up, and soon selling you back the same stuff as a the greatest invention since toasted bread.

When I post an article on Linux, very few read it. Even fewer know what a excellent product it is...to the tune of 34 Billion USD, no less. I'm actually writing this in a chromium browser on Ubuntu - all open source technology.

Let's not make this about open source, community and information sharing, lets address it in terms of gilt edged pure profit, blue chip investment strategy - "show me the monay, Jerry"

OK, let's start. What is Red Hat? It is Enterprise Linux - meaning Linux developed for companies.

It is a version of Linux developed for bigger companies that run larger server stacks, virtualization and more physical client devices than a "normal" Linux user. Each of these points is an area of investigation of it's own. I would suggest that you might. Here is a quick rundown...

For larger server side architecture - Red Hat is a major player in this field. (Of course it is IBM's core knowledge)

For desktop virtualization - meaning using a physical PC to login to a virtualized work-space.

For Java development - Java is an Oracle software product, essentially a hinge which helps devices and software to communicate.

This is the first acquisition I've seen in a while which actually "ticks boxes" and adds value to both products. If IBM treats Linux "as a reverse hire" and uses Red Hat to cater for it's Linux based business, then it makes a smart strategic move, single-handedly covering an entire base of operations, effectively doubling the client list.

It also funds the resources and manpower to widen the effectiveness of Red Hat's various products. Another advantage for Linux users overall is that Red Hat is committed to developing the base product, the open source OS. Potentially creating a virtuous circle, a la Chrome/Chromium. This position is open to scrutiny.

This acquisition can create synergy for both companies, if managed correctly. Rather than simply eating a smaller player, the money in the deal goes a long way to showing the viability of Linux based tools well into whatever future you envision. This is not a short term investment, it places IBM back in the fold of major IT industry players, on par with Google, Apple and Microsoft. You can debate that one, but it is a short debate based only only on short term stock market perceptions.

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If you've not tried Linux yet - download a copy (for free) of Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora, Peppermint, or one of the other distributions. You know IBM paid 34 billion for something not much different.

When I tell you that desktop Windows Home is $139 USD and Linux is free - you say; must be crap. Time to reconsider that opinion, I'd imagine.

If you've an old computer at home, try a "light" version of Linux on it - make the kids happy this Xmas.

REF: The reverse hire quote comes from Senior Developer and Linux advocate Kaloyan Doganov.

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"First they ignore you"- Attributed to M. Gandhi

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