Talk Is Good, Action is Better

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, the Linux & Open Source site editor, isn't the only one who's noticed that Red Hat is hated by some of the Linux community. Here's Brian Proffitt's take.

When did Red Hat become the bad guy?

I mean, weve all criticized one company or another in the Linux community. It is the nature of an open society that people will speak their minds when they are opposed or in agreement with something. Ive done it, youve done it, and it will continue to happen.

One of my jobs here at LT is to monitor talkbacks. The upshot of that is I get to read every single one that gets submitted to the site. Over the years, I have seen a lot of very large trends in this community, which, I believe, reflects that of the Linux community at large.

If you were to ask me right now which companies were most disliked by the LT community, I would draw up a list that would run something like this:

1)Microsoft Corp.
2)The SCO Group
3)Red Hat, Inc.
4)Sun Microsystems

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