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    For German speaking folks, there's also this news item: <https://www.heise.de/newsticker/meld...t-4205582.html>.

    My twopence worth:
    • Once again, the “How to finance Open-Source” issue …

    Which ever way one looks at the issue, AFAICS, the bottom lines are:

    • “Who pays for the capital investment in the distribution's servers and their running costs?”
    • “Who pays for the staff needed to maintain the distribution?”
    • “Who pays for the funding needed for the distribution's documentation?”


    My thoughts on "Big Blue" funding Open-Source:
    1. IBM has a history of supporting Open-Source -- one example: “ImageMagick” -- and, there's this: <https://developer.ibm.com/open/>.
    2. That IBM is still alive and kicking is nothing short of a miracle -- they still have 22 sales offices here in Germany …
    3. SUSE® is active in supplying Linux for the IBM Z-Series …
    4. IBM had/(still has) a major influence on everything related to Software Architecture, Software Engineering, Software Inspection and Software Test …
    5. Like it or not, “the Cloud” mostly relies on Open-Source …

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    This really is huge. I wonder how it will work out and also I don't envy people working for RedHat at the moment
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    I'm expecting this to work out well.

    IBM has a mixed history. But it has long supported open source activities. Even its big iron depended on SHARE, which was an early open source organization.

    These days, IBM is mainly selling support services. So buying RedHat makes a lot of sense for them.
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    Your opinion on this news?
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    Quote Originally Posted by enziosavio View Post
    Your opinion on this news?
    Who are you asking?
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    Having worked for Big Blue for nearly 40 years in software prior to retirement I am optimistic it will go well. It's always worrying for employees of the taken over company but having seen how it has worked in the past I think it'll be ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by broadstairs View Post
    Having worked for Big Blue for nearly 40 years in software prior to retirement
    In other words, during the period 1979 to 1988, we were competitors …
    I worked for DEC UK South East

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    Quote Originally Posted by hcvv View Post
    Who are you asking?

    I'm asking for an opinion, to those who have an opinion, this news is good, or it's bad.
    Do you have any opinion about it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by enziosavio View Post
    I'm asking for an opinion, to those who have an opinion, this news is good, or it's bad.
    My opinion remains: “Open Source” needs funding; “Open Source” ain't free as in “Free Beer” or a “Free Lunch”; without funding, “Open Source” will cease to exist …

    Regarding “IBM” as being good or bad:
    ‘Broadstairs’ and myself have both had intimate contact with “Big Blue”: ‘Broadstairs’ worked for them; I had them as a (major) competitor …

    • From an engineering view point, IBM is a valued influence on software quality and software engineering and, from a business view point, they've always played the “business game” hard but, fair …

    Which begs the question: “Is business good or bad?” -- My answer: “Without business and trade, human communities wouldn't be what they are.”
    Therefore: “Is this news good or bad?” -- My answer: “Neither: it has simply changed the business view of Open Source … ”

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