Open Source

When the best ideas win, you can't lose

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.

The open source way

Connected curiosity

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.

When the best ideas win, customers can't lose.

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Open Source Stories

Human problems. Open solutions.

Imagine what happens when someone creates something and, rather than keeping it to themselves, says to the world: “Take this. Build on it. Make it better.”

A lot of incredible things take place. People come together. Ideas get stronger. Progress happens faster. And then there’s all the drama, humor, frustration, accomplishment, and joy that happen along the way.

That’s what Open Source Stories is all about.

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The Red Hat way

Technology built by trust

Red Hat is a trusted leader of open innovation.

Community builder

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.

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Improved security

More eyes. More secure.

While it might seem counterintuitive, open source software is often more secure than proprietary software. 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.

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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.

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There’s a community behind every open source technology

Red Hat contributes to communities that are changing the landscape of technology—from the operating system and developer toolchain to middleware, the desktop, and the cloud. See the full list of communities we support.

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