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IBM Buys Red Hat

I honestly was not expecting to be reading news that IBM paid 34 billion dollars to buy Linux distributor Red Hat. I mean, the purchase itself isn’t a surprise, but the price tag is extremely high for a company with roughly $6 billion in assets and $3 billion in annual revenues. To quote someone else on this, “either IBM knows something no one else does, or Red Hat knows something IBM doesn’t.”

In my job, I encounter Red Hat somewhat infrequently, and I don’t touch much of the operating system — ideally none of it, just software that runs in the operating system. I doubt this will affect my job whatsoever, no matter what IBM does to the product. I am curious what this means for the future of CentOS, which has been my go-to distribution whenever I’ve had the urge to play around with Linux.

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