IBM + Red Hat FAQ for Communities

Chris WrightWe know you may have questions about what the new IBM and Red Hat relationship means for Red Hat’s participation in open source projects. The short answer is nothing, but we’ve gathered a few specific questions below that you may have. In addition, I will host an online Q&A session in the coming days where you can ask questions you may have about what the acquisition means for Red Hat and our involvement in open source communities. Details will be announced on the Red Hat Blog.

Will the acquisition change the way Red Hat contributes to upstream projects?
No, Red Hat will continue to contribute to and participate in open source projects as we do today.

Will the work being done on Fedora’s CPE (community platform engineering) team realignment be affected?
No, that work is unrelated to the acquisition.

Will the work that Fedora does, including all of the Editions, Spins, and Labs, change as a result of the acquisition?
Fedora’s build products will not be affected. All changes will continue to be driven by the Fedora Project.

How will our work in CRI-O (an open container initiative-based implementation of Kubernetes Container Runtime Interface) be affected?
It will not be affected. Our product roadmap will remain independent.

Are Red Hatters still free to work on open source projects outside of Red Hat?
Yes. Red Hat associates can contribute and participate in open source projects outside of Red Hat as they do today.

Will community projects be forced to support specific software or hardware?
No. Any inclusion of software and hardware support will continue to be driven by the community.

Will community projects or Red Hat contributors be forced to use specific technologies?

Will Red Hat continue to support Red Hat-sponsored projects?
Yes, Red Hat will continue to support our current sponsored projects.

Will the logos of Red Hat-sponsored projects change as a result of the IBM acquisition?
No logos of Red Hat-sponsored projects will change as a result of the acquisition.

Will Red Hat remain active in the foundations and organizations in which we currently participate?
Yes, Red Hat’s commitment to the foundations and organizations we support will continue.

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About Chris Wright

Chris Wright is senior vice president and chief technology officer (CTO) at Red Hat. Wright leads the Office of the CTO, which is responsible for incubating emerging technologies and developing forward-looking perspectives on innovations such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, distributed storage, software defined networking and network functions virtualization, containers, automation and continuous delivery, and distributed ledger. During his more than 20 years as a software engineer, Wright has worked in the telecommunications industry on high availability and distributed systems, and in the Linux industry on security, virtualization, and networking. He has been a Linux developer for more than 15 years, most of that time spent working deep in the Linux kernel. He is passionate about open source software serving as the foundation for next generation IT systems.

3 thoughts on “IBM + Red Hat FAQ for Communities

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    • I’ve found that mix of RHEL with Centos to be the “magic ingredient” in Linux productivity.

      I started using Linux around 1996. I had an “aha” moment when I founded a startup in my own time. Using RHEL in my day job and Centos in the evenings was productive and pragmatic. I appreciate RedHat’s culture of openness and free sharing of information.

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