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Red Hat CEO: Go Ahead, Copy Our Software

Imagine your company spent more than $100 million developing a product. Now imagine that a competitor came along and cloned your product and distributed a near-perfect replica of it. Not good, right? If you're Apple, you spend years and tens of millions of dollars fighting it, determined to be the one and only source of your product.

If you're Red Hat, however, you embrace it—as Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst told ReadWrite in an interview.

After Unix

For years the enterprise data center was defined by expensive hardware running varieties of the Unix operating system. Over time, both Windows and Linux chewed into Unix's market share, with Red Hat winning the bulk of the Linux spoils. The key to victory? Both Windows and Linux offered low-cost, high-value alternatives to Unix's sky-high pricing. 

 

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  • joncr Said:

    Red Hat doesn't sell software. Red Hat sells support subscriptions. CentOS is a net plus for them because they probably pick up business from CentOS users who switch to RHEL when they discover they bit off more than they can chew. If Red Hat made its money selling hardware integrated with its own proprietary software, they'd be as litigious as anyone else. Besides, given the licensing requirements of the code they use in RHEL, Red Hat has no choice but to be happy to see it copied. If they didn't put it up on public servers for download, they'd be the ones being sued.

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