Since almost the appearance of GNU/Linux, Red Hat has been one of the most important private companies that has supported the development of the Open Source movement in general, and the GNU/Linux Operating System in particular. For 26 years, Red Hat has maintained and further contributed to the development and distribution of GNU/Linux. Several years ago, they created a branch of the Red Hat GNU/Linux distribution under the name of the Fedora Project.
Today, Matthew Miller, Fedora Project Leader, published that IBM has finalized its acquisition of Red Hat, clarifying that it will operate as a distinct unit within IBM. Red Hat also continue participating in the Fedora Project, maintaining the IBM’s committment to open source. According to that, they said IBM will maintain Red Hat’s independence in open source software communities.