Red Hat revolt coming

@ 2023/11/07
Even its staff hate the paywall

It is starting to look like Red Hat will have its first rebellion on its hands after announcing that it will paywall Red Hat Enterprise Linux, or RHEL.

Even Red Hat employees have been muttering in darkened corridors and by the water cooler and Red Hat Vice President Mike McGrath acknowledged that the move is not exactly popular.

"I think a lot of even internal associates didn't fully understand what we had announced and why," he said.

He claimed that there was a problem that competitors were copying Red Hat Enterprise Linux, down to even the code's mistakes, and then offered these Red Hat replicas to customers for free.

These weren't community members adding value but undercutting rivals, he said.

All this was happening when Red Hat laid off four per cent of its workforce, McGrath said.

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