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Friday Five — December 1, 2017

The Friday Five is a weekly Red Hat® blog post with 5 of the week’s top news items and ideas from or about Red Hat and the technology industry. Consider it your weekly digest of things that caught our eye.

In 1994, if you wanted to make money from Linux, you were selling Linux CDs for $39.95. By 2016, Red Hat became the first $2 billion Linux company. But, in the same year, Red Hat was shifting its long-term focus from Linux to the cloud. Here’s how Red Hat got from mail-order CDs to the top Linux company and a major cloud player.

Red Hat, Facebook, Google, and IBM announced efforts to promote additional predictability in open source licensing, by committing to extend additional rights to cure open source license compliance errors and mistakes. “We believe in promoting greater fairness and predictability in license enforcement and the growth of participation in the open source community. We encourage other General Public License version 2 (VPLv2) copyright holders to follow our lead,” says Michael Cunningham, executive vice president and general counsel at Red Hat.

Jim Whitehurst, Red Hat CEO, speaks with CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on the results of a survey the tech company conducted on how to handle digital transformations.

It’s the unspoken truth of the “digital transformation” age, based on my (Tim Yeaton, CMO at Red Hat) conversations with CIOs: Everyone thinks they are horribly behind their peers. Good news: You are not as far behind as you think you are. Even if you dislike the term digital transformation, you’re executing on the implicit business mandate every day. Let’s examine this and some other misconceptions about how to get transformation done.

Enterprise integration challenges are changing. Several IT trends like the emergence of cloud-based services, the explosion of channels to reach customers and the need to enable different types of apps including mobile or IoT require integration approaches to be more agile. As an answer we propose the Agile Integration vision. This vision was conceived by Red Hat over a couple of months by analyzing trends, interviewing people and collaborating with other players in the market.