IBM put its relationship with Red Hat Linux Inc. in the spotlight Monday, announcing an extended partnership alliance under which IBM will throw the weight of IBM Global Services behind sales and support of the Red Hat Advanced Server Linux operating system on IBM's eServer product line.
From a visibility view-point, this is great. It is exactly what the doctor ordered. Obviously, having IBM Global Services division behind you is an awesome thing.
While I appreciate Redhat, I wonder how this will affect other Linux vendors (such as Suse, which was mentioned briefly in the article). I see the possibility that several of the so-called UnitedLinux companies will be out of business soon. Which is unfortunate.
I guess a shake-up in the Linux distro world was forth coming (as has been predicted by several computer pundits). I just hope that the average consumer (us, businesses, governments, etc) is to benefit by the coming slimming of the Linux market place. One can only sit by and wonder. Of course, I see the possibility that the various small Linux distro projects (such as Archlinux, LFS, Peanut, etc) will see an increase in popularity, as will Debian (admittedly the largest and most recognizable non-commercial distro).
Here's to hoping, watching, and waiting.