IBM to Acquire Red Hat

As reported, the amount of the transaction is about $ 34 billion
29 October 2018   771

IBM and Red Hat have signed a merger agreement. A Linux-based enterprise software development company officially became a division of IBM.

The main thing that interests IBM in the Red Hat experience is cloud solutions. The acquisition will allow the company to become the largest provider of hybrid cloud systems. And the open development model and support for the Red Hat product community will continue. The company will also continue work on open source projects and support the initiatives of the Patent Promise, the GPL Cooperation Commitment, the Invention Network and the LOT Network.

The amount of the transaction is about $ 34 billion. As expected, the transaction will be closed in the second quarter of 2019. Up to this point, Red Hat shareholders and antitrust services must approve it.

CEO Jim Whitehurst in a letter to all employees said that working with IBM will expand the audience and improve the company's results. According to him, the IBM and Red Hat conglomerate will be able to become the leading operator of cloud solutions in the world, as well as promote Open Source to a new level.

In October 2018, IBM introduced cloud services on the IBM Cloud platform. The company plans to attract developers and organizations to create personalized AI models, use cloud platform tools and exchange data.

Huawei May Use Russian OS Instead Android

Due to US sanctions, popular smartphone manufacturer is negotiating of using Russian OS called Aurora, which is based on Sailfish OS
11 June 2019   403

The Bell has received information from several unnamed sources about the discussion of the possibility of using the proprietary mobile operating system Aurora on some types of Huawei devices.

The movement in the direction of Aurora has so far limited itself only to a discussion of the possibility of using this OS, no plans have been presented. The discussion was attended by the Minister of Digital Development and Communications Konstantin Noskov and the Executive Director of Huawei. The meeting also raised the issue of creating a joint production of chips and software in Russia. The information was not confirmed at Rostelecom, but expressed willingness to cooperate.

Huawei declined to comment on the published information. At the same time, the company is developing its own mobile platform Hongmeng OS (Arc OS), providing compatibility with Android applications. The first release of Hongmeng OS is scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year. Two options will be offered - for China and the global smartphone market. It is alleged that Hongmeng OS has been in development since 2012 and was ready for the beginning of 2018, but was not delivered due to the use of Android as a main platform and partnership with Google.

There is evidence that for testing in China, the first batch of 1 million Hongmeng OS-based smartphones has already been distributed. Technical details are not disclosed yet and it is not clear whether the platform is built on Android code or only includes a layer for compatibility. Huawei has long been delivering its own Android edition - EMUI, it is possible that it is the basis of Hongmeng OS.

Huawei’s interest in alternative mobile systems is driven by restrictive measures introduced by the US Department of Commerce, which will restrict Huawei’s access to Android services falling under a commercial agreement with Google, as well as breaking commercial relations with ARM.

Sailfish is partly a proprietary mobile operating system with an open system environment, but closed by the user shell, basic mobile applications, QML components for building the Silica graphical interface, an interlayer for launching Android applications, a smart text input engine and a data synchronization system. The open system environment is built on the basis of Mer (fork MeeGo), which since April has been developing as an integral part of Sailfish, and packages of the Mer distribution package Nemo. On top of the Mer system components, a graphical stack is launched based on the Wayland and Qt5 library.