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IBM acquires Red Hat for $34 billion

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Is it the end of an era or beginning of a new era?

The leading Linux and cloud vendor, Red Hat, is going to be acquired by IBM. You heard it right, the king of Linux has been ‘acquired’ by IBM for approximately $34 billion.

“The acquisition of Red Hat is a game-changer. It changes everything about the cloud market,” said Ginni Rometty, IBM Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “IBM will become the world’s #1 hybrid cloud provider, offering companies the only open cloud solution that will unlock the full value of the cloud for their businesses.

With this acquisition, IBM will remain committed to Red Hat’s open governance, open source contributions, participation in the open source community and development model, and fostering its widespread developer ecosystem.

In addition, IBM and Red Hat will remain committed to the continued freedom of open source, via such efforts as Patent Promise, GPL Cooperation Commitment, the Open Invention Network and the LOT Network.

What does this acquisition mean for Linux and RHEL? Stay tuned.

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