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The Year in Open Source: IBM-Red Hat, SUSE, Microsoft, More

This year in open source had it all, from big acquisitions to leadership changes and notable product announcements.

Todd R. Weiss

December 23, 2019

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It was an intriguing and entertaining year for open-source software in 2019, with news headlines that were all over the map.

In the biggest news, IBM completed its acquisition of open source market leader Red Hat, bringing the two powerhouses together on a new shared path of making their now-connected futures successfully work out for both.

But there was plenty more happening as well, from SUSE dropping OpenStack to Microsoft continuing to deepen its role and relationships in open source with Azure. Then late in the year Microsoft announced that it had released a technical preview of the Linux version of its Teams chat and communications software — after the company said last year that it had no plans to do so. Click through the slideshow above for a glance at these headlines and more in the fascinating world of open source. Where will 2020 take us?

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Todd R. Weiss

Todd R. Weiss is an award-winning technology journalist who covers open source and Linux, cloud service providers, cloud computing, virtualization, containers and microservices, mobile devices, security, enterprise applications, enterprise IT, software development and QA, IoT and more. He has worked previously as a staff writer for Computerworld and eWEEK.com, covering a wide variety of IT beats. He spends his spare time working on a book about an unheralded member of the 1957 Milwaukee Braves, watching classic Humphrey Bogart movies and collecting toy taxis from around the world.

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