[sf-lug] The future of Redhat?

David Sterry david at sterryit.com
Mon Nov 13 21:30:06 PST 2006

The future of Redhat has more to do with how it services its customers 
than how many partnerships or endeavors competitors are making. They 
should not be concerned about Microsoft & Novell or Oracle.

If they really must partner with a company, how about Google? Don't they 
use Redhat?


Keith Keller wrote:

>On Mon, Nov 13, 2006 at 06:09:37PM -0800, Tony wrote:
>>Can Red Hat go it alone?
>>By Phil Hochmuth
>>All this puts the squeeze on Red Hat. Things could get
>>really bad for the company if large enterprise ships
>>running Oracle flock to the database maker for
>>support, and Microsoft/Novell come up with a real
>>offering to make Linux/Windows environments run better
>>than Microsoft/Red Hat environments.
>Well, my $0.01: considering how poorly any Windows environment works at
>all, I am extremely skeptical that MS/Novell can make Windows/SuSE work
>better than Windows/RedHat.  And, <bias>considering how poorly SuSE
>currently works, they have a long way to go to catch up to even
>I think the Oracle announcement has to scare Redhat more: one competent
>company competing in the same space as RH is more dangerous than two
>inept companies (yes, even when one is MS) competing in a relatively
>different space.  RH makes money off service contracts, for the most
>part; certainly MS isn't about to do that, and I don't see Novell as
>being able to offer better.  But Oracle certainly can, and when
>integrated with Oracle dbms support, that could be a great deal for
>corporate types who are already tied to Oracle.
>OTOH, there will always be outfits that can't afford (or don't wish to
>afford, or don't need) Oracle, so there is a niche that RH can fill.
>Whether it's a big enough niche to sustain them is a big question.

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