The Red Hat Linux distribution is turning 25 years old this week.

What started as one of the earliest Linux distributions is now the most successful open-source company, and its success was a catalyst for others to follow its model.

Today’s open-source world is very different from those heady days in the mid-1990s when Linux looked to be challenging Microsoft’s dominance on the desktop, but Red Hat is still going strong.

“Ten years ago, open source at the time was really focused on offering viable alternatives to traditional software,” he told me.

The value proposition was that it was cheaper.”

At the time, he argues, the market was about replacing Windows with Linux or IBM’s WebSphere with JBoss.

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