AOL in Negotiations to Acquire Red Hat
Sat, 19 Jan 2002 21:01:42 -0500
Well, that's surprising initiative on the part of AOL. Rather unlike
them. I want to believe that they're just bluffing Microsoft. I suppose
they did buy Netscape, but look what they did with that. Red Hat is just
as small and eccentric as Netscape was. Thank goodness Mandrake and Suse
are doing well. For AOL to sink Red Hat would be sad, but not fatal to
This comes home to me because my present company ships Red Hat on 99% of
systems sold. I suppose we could change to another distro if we had to.
I know exactly who would have to figure out how to accomplish that.
We have shipped Debian, as a custom thing.
I'm trying to imagine the dumbed-down Red Hat "AOL Linux" distro.
2/3 of the screen dedicated to advertizing at all times.