AOL to buy Red Hat, allegedly

AOL Time Warner is in negotiations to acquire Linux distributor Red Hat as it seeks an alternative software to Microsoft, says the Washington Post.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  March 7, 2002

AOL Time Warner is in negotiations to acquire Linux distributor Red Hat as it seeks an alternative software to Microsoft, says the Washington Post.

Citing unnamed sources, the newspaper suggests that AOL could couple its Internet service with Red Hat's operating system technology and configure it to override Windows while launching a version of Linux.

How much AOL, which runs the biggest U.S. Internet service provider and the second-largest U.S. cable television system, would pay for Red Hat was apparently unclear.

While the Washington Post was unable to garner comment on the negotiations from either company, Yahya Kassab, regional business development manager for Red Hat in the Middle East acknowledged that the company was aware of the rumours.

“It still hasn’t been confirmed. There is no confirmation from Red Hat and there are only denials from AOL,” he says.

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