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Technology has become so integrated into our daily lives that it can be easy to take it for granted. But we’ve only gotten to where we are today because of the command line heroes that shaped the industry - and continue to do so.

Command line hero. What does that really mean? To us it’s the developers, programmers, hackers, geeks and open source rebels - the people who are on the front line, transforming technology from the command line up. The biggest technology advancements and innovations didn’t happen by accident. They were made possible through the passion, creativity and persistence of technologists around the world.

To capture their spirit, we’re launching a new podcast - Command Line Heroes - to dive into the epic stories that build the picture of how the technology industry became what it is today.

Embarking on this journey, we needed a guide who knows the terrain and who could bring a unique perspective and curiosity to the stories. Saron Yitbarek more than fits the bill. Refreshingly open and engaging, she is a developer who founded CodeNewbie, a community of programmers and people learning to code, and hosts the CodeNewbie and Base.cs podcasts.

Launching today, 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.

During the first season we’ll explore the development of the Agile movement, the story of DevOps, the race to the cloud, and much more. To help us tell these stories you’ll hear from the people who were there. They’ll pull back the curtain and give you new insight into how these trends and innovations shaped the industry and our digital future.

Don’t miss an episode: subscribe to Command Line Heroes wherever you get your podcasts and sign up for the newsletter, where you’ll get notifications when there’s a new episode, show transcripts and bonus materials (and no marketing fluff!).

Thanks to a lot of hard work, open source has won. But as the industry continues to grow and change, it will have to be earned all over again by - you guessed it - command line heroes.


Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of enterprise open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to deliver reliable and high-performing Linux, hybrid cloud, container, and Kubernetes technologies.

Red Hat helps customers integrate new and existing IT applications, develop cloud-native applications, standardize on our industry-leading operating system, and automate, secure, and manage complex environments. Award-winning support, training, and consulting services make Red Hat a trusted adviser to the Fortune 500. As a strategic partner to cloud providers, system integrators, application vendors, customers, and open source communities, Red Hat can help organizations prepare for the digital future.

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