Originally Posted by Avonosac
This has exactly 0 to do with the distros, and everything to do with the API, DevOps, and Cloud suite of tools RH wrote or acquired which are used so pervasively across every cloud provider.
IBM isn't buying them for the revenue or to change their roadmap (they won't touch that), but to gain visibility, insight, and most importantly access to customers to cross sell and improve their other (awful) products.
Right, and like I said I'm not rushing to judgement, but it's not as though IBM has a history of cleanly executing acquisitions and mergers. It's far too early state unequivocally that we won't see any effects at RH or with the Fedora project. I don't at all disagree with your reasons for why IBM pursued RH nor do I think they have any specific intentions to alter the enterprise and desktop distributions, but IBM has a history of flailing around like a drunken giant in the town square - RH could very well be what they need to finally stabilise, or it could suffer under IBM's questionable decision-making and experience some turbulence before being sold or spun off. We'll see what happens.