Slashdot has a link to an Oreillynet.com article suggesting an AOL buyout of Red Hat would not be a good thing. "
About nine years ago, O'Reilly & Associates sold a service to AOL (before it
caught the slightly bigger prize of Time Warner.) AOL management clearly
impressed our negotiators as savvy go-getters; their success in recognizing the
Internet's importance and leveraging the Internet to sell their own service was
just one piece of evidence. Yet a year after we sold Global Network Navigator to
them, it was dead."
January 20, 2002