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What a difference a strategy and 3 months will make

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Wondering what the Oracle announcement of Unbreakable Linux has done for Oracle, and to Red Hat? The results aren't pretty, but the company getting pounded might surprise you:

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Red Hat to open management software

Red Hat is arguably the most enthusiastic commercial advocate of open-source software. But one component of the company's technology, the software that powers its online update service, isn't.

That's going to change starting this year, according to Rich Friedman, director of product management.

Red Hat has begun a project to build a new management system that will work both with the Red Hat Network that keeps Red Hat Enterprise Linux up to date and with the JBoss Operations Network that does the same for the company's Java server software.

"The two teams are coming together to define the architecture," Friedman said, adding that the first fruits of the project will begin emerging this year.

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