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Monday, April 10, 2006

Red Hat acquires JBoss

Red Hat needs to go 'up the stack,' because outfits like SpikeSource and other purveyors of OSS [open-source software] enterprise technology are going to commoditize them as Linux helped commoditize the hardware platforms...

I think this quote captures the salient idea: RH will be able to offer 2 large parts of the overall stack. Granted marketing an app server is different than an OS, but they know how to derive revenue from a services business.

Will be interesting to see how Oracle responds. If you belive that Oracle wants to control as much of the stack as they can (db, middleware, apps), this will not lessen the competition in this area. Also, how will this affect Oracle's support of Red Hat Linux?

Jeff has a few more tidbits on the deal


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