Open Source Now

You may think of Red Hat as a challenger of monopolies, defender of public domain, and steward of open source. With this reputation comes responsibility. By accepting this responsibility, we can positively influence both our industry and society as a whole. Open Source Now is designed to help the open source community build advocacy in the same way it builds software -- by empowering individuals.

Red Hat and Open Source


Programs that return some of the good work and good faith that the open source community has brought to us.

Public Policy

Government's role in business is to encourage a healthy environment where companies can grow, create new jobs, and support their communities. We believe open source principles serve this need.


What Red Hat's doing to advance open source in education.

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What is Open Source?

Open source is inevitable. It returns control to the customer. The code is open and you can see it, change it, learn from it. Bugs are more quickly found and fixed. And when customers don't like how one vendor is serving them, they can choose another without overhauling their infrastructure. That means: No more arbitrary pricing. No more technology lock-in. No more monopolies.

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The Fedora Project

The Fedora Project is a Red Hat sponsored and community-supported open source project with the goal of working with the Linux community to build a complete, general purpose operating system exclusively from free software.

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