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Creating better technology with open source
As the largest open source company in the world, we believe using an open development model helps create more stable, secure, and innovative technologies. At Red Hat, we’ve spent more than two decades collaborating on community projects and protecting open source licenses so we can continue to develop software that pushes the boundaries of technological ability.
Red Hat has helped organizations navigate technological change for decades, while doing so in an open way.
Building enterprise-ready solutions
We create software using the open source way, a set of principles built upon an open forum for ideas where communities can form around solving a problem or developing a new technology. This philosophy affects everything we do at Red Hat. And we’re not alone. Most of today’s IT leaders agree that enterprise open source is important.
Our commitment to open source
Open source software gains its strength from diverse communities of developers around the world. That’s why we’ve worked for more than 25 years to invest in open projects and technologies, protect and defend open source intellectual property, and recruit developers who actively participate in open projects across the IT stack. This experience helps inform our development model to produce more innovative, iterative, stable, and secure technologies.
Collaboration beyond our teams
By tapping into the collective talent and innovation of open source communities, we believe we can create better software. This collaboration helps fuel much of the technology we use today, from open source platforms like Linux and Kubernetes to open source browsers like Firefox and Chromium.
Open source commitment
Using a trusted process
Through our unique development model, we start with community-created open source software and build upon each project to harden security, fix bugs, patch vulnerabilities, and add new features. We then contribute these improvements back to each project so the entire open source community can benefit.
Happy 30th anniversary, Linux® kernel and GPLv2
The tech industry as we know it wouldn't exist without the Linux kernel and GPLv2. Learn more about how they shaped the world.
Driving open source cloud innovation
Red Hat expanded collaboration with Boston University to fund innovative research and education in open source hybrid cloud technology