Red Hat, yes, the Raleigh based company that produces Red Hat Enterprise Linux and oversees the free (as in beer and freedom) version Fedora, continues to do well in this economy. Amazing that every time they release an earnings report, they continue to make money. Hopefully that means my ‘connection’ will continue to get me Red Hat swag!
So Red Hat decided to put together a website of open source. You can find it at http://opensource.com/. With all the other open source websites, like opensource.org, what does Red Hat hope to do with this site? On their website, they talk about the open source way:
The open source way is about possibility.
Open source presents a new way to solve old problems. To share ideas and effort.
The open source way opens doors.
Open source offers a new perspective. Open, not closed. Collaboration, not isolation.
The open source way multiplies.
Knowledge. Effort. Inspiration. Creativity. Innovation. The impact is exponential.
So obviously a philosophy, like the movement in general. With a heavy hitter like Red Hat, though, maybe this conversation can move further toward main stream. And main street. They also share many news feeds, looking at open source in business, education, and more. The usual topics are shared, such as President Obama’s move to more openness and MIT’s Open Lab project. Definitely nice to see a wildly successful open source company put money back into the conversation. A good resource for teachers as well, to see what is happening with open source in K-12.