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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, ZDNet:

When Bloomberg broke the news that IBM was acquiring Red Hat, Red Hat’s corporate leadership already had all its ducks in a row. The company’s worker-bees, though, were blindsided. Many of them are worried sick about Big Blue’s acquisition of the world’s largest Linux and open-source power.

Can Red Hat still be Red Hat under IBM? Many Red Hat employees fear it can’t be.

In the first hours since the news broke, I’ve been told by Red Hat staffers:

“I can’t imagine a bigger culture clash.”

“I’ll be looking for a job with an open-source company.”


“As a Red Hat employee, almost everyone here would prefer it if we were bought out by Microsoft.”

Why all the fear?

First: The news, which had been scheduled to be released early next week, broke early. None of Red Hat’s rank and file knew this was coming. Red Hat’s leadership had no chance to let them know in a timely manner to comfort the blow.

Second: While IBM has a long, distinguished history of supporting open source, in recent years they’ve been perceived as a company falling behind the times and is hamstrung with red tape and bureaucracy. This is the opposite of Red Hat’s open organization leadership style.

What’s there to worry about?

IBM Gets An Ugly History Lesson | Forbes

Reports Coming in of Big IBM Layoffs Underway in the U.S. | IEEE Spectrum

The fraudulent claims made by IBM about Watson and AI. | Roger Schank

MD Anderson Benches IBM Watson In Setback For Artificial Intelligence In Medicine | Forbes

What can AI healthcare startups learn from the recent IBM Watson-Anderson fallout? | Tech in Asia

Has IBM Watson’s AI Technology Fallen Victim to Hype? | Fortune

Why Everyone Is Hating on IBM Watson—Including the People Who Helped Make It | Gizmodo

Jefferies gives IBM Watson a Wall Street reality check | TechCrunch

Canada to Scrap IBM Payroll Plan Gone Awry Costing C$1 Billion | ITPro Today

A billion reasons never to buy IBM services | Foliovision

Cutting ‘Old Heads’ at IBM | ProPublica

Layoffs at Watson Health Reveal IBM’s Problem With AI | IEEE Spectrum

IBM’s Watson gave unsafe recommendations for treating cancer | The Verge

IBM Is Being Sued for Age Discrimination After Firing Thousands | Bloomberg

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