AOL in Negotiations to Acquire Red Hat

Owen Byrne owen@permafrost.net
Sun, 20 Jan 2002 12:06:58 -0400


> 
> <shrug> Again, I'm not a big fan of AOL, but neither Moz nor Winamp are
> particularly bloated with AOL ads; Moz (to the best of my knowledge)
> doesn't have any of them at all. AOL's overall track record with regard
> to free projects is in fact typically quite good.
> 
> Of course, because it is perceived as a soul stealer (and in some ways
> it definitely is, even if it pays well) lots and lots of Red Hat people
> will leave. And that is what will kill RH, much more than any action AOL
> actually takes after a purchase. 
> 
> Luis
> 

aolserver (http://www.aolserver.com) is another open-source product that AOL
has supported. I believe it was a closed-source, for purchase product, until
AOL bought the company that produced it.
Owen