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Re: [trinity-users] IBM buys Linux giant Red Hat

From: Gene Heskett <gheskett@...>
Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2018 17:45:06 -0400
On Sunday 28 October 2018 16:57:42 andre_debian@... wrote:

> Is it a good new ?
> Can this new make reviving Linux in the public market,
> or only in the professional cloud market ?
> André
Best question of the year.

Next best is what to become of amanda? Amanda was just bought by BETSOL, 
whomever they might be, and they've sent one of their folks to the 
amanda list to quell the talk of a fork. But so far all we've seen is 
talk, and the users, including me who has been using it for nearly 20 
years, are getting nervous. They haven't even put the lead maintainer on 
their payroll, and the undertones are rising in volume.

I suppose at some point, debian will be an acquisition target as the 
commercial folks see it as something they can do a Red Hat with when Red 
Hat spun the Fedora as a free red hat, but they as expected used the 
fedora users as lab rats, trying new ways that often didn't work all 
that well. So I gave them feedback until I was tired of a half broken 
system all the time, and in about 2006 LinuxCNC was made as a respin of 
Ubuntu, but that petered out and went to debian in about 2012.  Where it 
still is, while our developers are busting butt trying to get the 
performance needed out rt-prempt patches for the later 64 bit kernels, 
which are in fact sloths compared to the 32 bit patched versions in the 
3.2.x releases. Much research at restoring that has been done, but its 
not yet been good enough to be accepted into mainline.

Steven R. has been a frequent contributer to the linux-rt list for quite 
a while, and here is his off the cuff talk on it from a couple days 
back, basically issueing you can and you cant's to the rest of the 
developers as they code up new pieces for the kernel:


There are some folks from red hat there on that list too.

Make of it what you can. IBM, like Dell, has over the last 2 decades made 
some quality hardware. So I expect the cash infusion may allow some of 
the oldtimers in North Carolina to retire, and new blood will be brought 
on board, not necessarily from the ranks. What effect, good or bad, that 
will have remains to be seen.  Watching the stock market for fresh RHAT 
activity might be educational.

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Cheers, Gene Heskett
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