Why corporate acquisitions could be good for the open source community

    Date07 Apr 2019
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    Posted ByBrittany Day
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    Open source is all over the media, IBM announced its acquisition of Red Hat, one of the largest in tech history, for $34 billion. Microsoft announced its agreement to acquire GitHub for $7.5 billion. It seems the world’s largest companies are either releasing or acquiring their own open-source software — but opinions on this trend are divided.

    Some tech professionals are excited about the resources and opportunities acquisitions bring, while others worry that giants like Microsoft or IBM may change what they initially loved about GitHub or Red Hat. No one likes to admit this, but I will: sometimes, the people in power have to come to the rescue. Open source maintainers are burning out.

    While Microsoft has actively been trying to position itself as a leader within the open-source community, IBM is trying to become more competitive as a leader in the hybrid cloud market.

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