IBM has been trying for many years to force Red Hat into its "proper place." First it United Linux. Swing and a miss! Then it was OSDL. Whiff! Strike two! IBM even tried to shore up Novell with a $50 million investment in the SUSE creator. Strike three! You're out!
But this is IBM of the bottomless wallet (and long-term vision), so "out" is never quite "out." Today, IBM held its nose and sidled up with long-term enemy, Sun Microsystems, to go for strike number four (or a base hit). Is there more to the deal than Red Hat envy? Of course.
But you can bet that it's a key component. Still, I like the added choice this offers customers, even if I don't buy the argument that this is why Sun and IBM did the deal.… Read more