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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.

The first two-part episode takes a look at the operating system wars, going back to the beginning and how Linux came to be, covering the desktop front and the battle for the datacenter. You’ll get an in-depth look into the larger-than-life battle for control of the tech landscape in the 1980s-2000s.

Is it worth the effort to attempt to refactor existing, and likely monolithic, applications, as microservices, or is such time and effort better spent building new, more flexible and agile applications constructed from loosely coupled microservices? It appears enterprise IT teams are having it both ways, a recent survey finds.

I’ve taken an unorthodox approach by using Star Trek analogies to describe the scope, complexity, and success of our partnership, but that is the point: using conventional approaches to solve unconventional challenges is an exercise in futility. As the Borg would say “resistance is futile” and Microsoft has fully embraced the open source model. By partnering with Red Hat, the leader in open source technologies, the Red Hat-Microsoft partnership continues to this day to “boldly go where no partnership has gone before.”

Red Hat technologies are used more effectively and efficiently when the teams using them have been trained by Red Hat. IDC projects that companies achieve annual benefits worth an average of $53,422 for every employee who takes Red Hat Training courses over a three-year period.

Red Hat Summit brings together thousands of professionals to learn, network, and experience open source. Celebrate the contributions that individuals make to open source with hands-on labs, sessions, and the chance to talk to the experts behind the technology.

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