Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Red Hat ponders going proprietary

Filed under
Linux
Humor

In a surprise announcement, Red Hat is looking into a move away from open source and making its flavor of Linux a proprietary OS. The shift, if undertaken, would be a tricky one that would delve into thorny legal issues of ownership within the open source community.

Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst indicated that the proposed move is intended to bolster Red Hat's position as a leader. "We see open source getting embraced more and more by not only customers but other vendors like Microsoft, and I think this can be directly attributed to Red Hat's leadership," said Whitehurst. "Now is the time to reassert our leadership by taking the next step and making our products and community full-on commodities. Naturally, we think this will appeal directly to enterprises, which crave the stability and security of proprietary systems."

Left unsaid by Whitehurst was how, exactly, he plans to pluck Red Hat's Linux from the open source community and wall it off. He said only that the company's lawyers were "investigating options" and declined to elaborate further.

The fundamental question raised by the move is who ultimately "owns" Red Hat Linux.

rest here




More in Tux Machines

Gentoo-Based Porteus Kiosk 4.7 Brings More Mitigations Against Spectre Flaws

Powered by the long-term supported Linux 4.14.50 kernel, Porteus Kiosk 4.7.0 is the second release of the operating system in 2018 and comes five months after version 4.6 to introduce more mitigations against the Spectre security vulnerabilities, though the next-gen Spectre flaws require microcode firmware updates for Intel CPUs. "Newly discovered "Spectre Next Generation" vulnerabilities require updated microcode from Intel which is not available yet. Please consider enabling automatic updates service for your kiosks to receive latest fixes and patches as soon as they become available," reads today's announcement. Read more

Linspire 8 Enters Development Based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, Freespire 3.0.9 Is Out

Freespire 3.0.9 is a small incremental update of the free and open-source GNU/Linux distribution that includes all the latest security and software updates released upstream until June 11, 2018. It also introduces new light and dark modes, a full instance of the Calligra office suite, and replaces Mozilla Thunderbird with Kontact. The developers recommend all users running the Freespire 3.0 operating system series on their personal computers to run a system-wide update if they want to upgrade to Freespire 3.0.9 and receive all the latest changes. On the other hand, new users are encouraged to download the Freespire 3.0.9 ISO image. Read more Also: Linspire 8.0 Alpha 1 Released

How SUSE Is Bringing Open Source Projects and Communities Together

The modern IT infrastructure is diverse by design. People are mixing different open source components that are coming from not only different vendors, but also from different ecosystems. In this article, we talk with Thomas Di Giacomo, CTO of SUSE, about the need for better collaboration between open source projects that are being used across industries as we are move toward a cloud native world. Read more

Games: Insurgency: Sandstorm, Driftland: The Magic Revival and More