Every solution starts with sharing a problem. Technology thrives in the open, where people are free to share their ideas and build on the work of others.
Creation is always an act of collaboration.
At Red Hat, when we talk about "open source," we're talking about a proven way of collaborating to create technology. The freedom to see the code, to learn from it, to ask questions and offer improvements: This is the open source way.
Unlike other major technology suppliers, we prefer working and participating in communities of rigorous meritocracy, where the process is open, everyone has the same information, and everyone is free to make improvements.
When the best ideas win, customers can't lose.
Introducing Open Source Stories, a new film series highlighting how open source values like meritocracy, community building, and transparency are changing the way we approach business and life.
From education, to maker communities, to philanthropic organizations, and environmental causes, see how these philosophies and the individuals embracing them together are making openness the default 21st-century innovation model.
Open source communities can innovate far more effectively than traditional R&D labs. So we bring customers, partners, and developers into communities of purpose to solve shared problems together.
Red Hat also contributes a lot of code. We pay our engineers and developers to work in open technology communities on behalf of our customers, contributing work to the project like everyone else.
When useful open source technology emerges, we test it, harden it, and make it secure and reliable. Then we gather, package, and support it as enterprise products.
While it might seem counterintuitive, open source software is often more secure than proprietary software.
Would you rather fly in a plane that has been inspected for safety by 10 inspectors or 1,000 inspectors? When it comes to finding problems, more eyes are better.
No software is impervious, and no development process is perfect.
But when the process is open, bugs, flaws, backdoors, and vulnerabilities are found sooner and more often, and fixed more quickly. In fact, debugging and securing software is part of the essence and common purpose of software communities.
More eyes. Fewer bugs. Sunlight really is the best disinfectant.
There aren’t many vendors out there that really understand both the enterprise world and the open source world. Red Hat is pretty unique in that regard.Vice President of Product Management, CA Technologies Learn More
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