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Why Red Hat mattered

Red Hat has been one of the most important companies in the modern technology industry, in the free software and open source movements, and in my ...
Donald Fischer
by Donald Fischer
on November 8, 2018

Donald Fischer

Donald Fischer

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Open source creators: Red Hat got $34 billion and you got $0. Here's why.

By Donald Fischer on October 31, 2018
In the aftermath of IBM’s announced acquisition of Red Hat for $34 billion in the largest software deal ever, countless VC investor, stock analyst, ...

$1m to pay open source maintainers on Tidelift

By Donald Fischer on September 18, 2018
Open source can be puzzling. It's now widely accepted that open source software is everywhere. Yet almost every day there is a new passionate debate ...

Open source: the rise of the rest

By Donald Fischer on September 6, 2018
Linux, Kubernetes, Kafka, React. These star open source projects attract millions of dollars in venture capital, corporate donations, and in-kind ...

Why do people pay for open source?

By Donald Fischer on July 10, 2018
The free ride opportunity Free riding is practically the definition of open source software. (Well, there is a definition in fact, but bear with me.)

WTF? The data behind Microsoft's surprising open source track record

By Donald Fischer on June 6, 2018
VS Code, Typescript, thefuck? What do each of these have in common? They’re all popular open source projects Microsoft has contributed to, and they ...

Tidelift raises $15m Series A for a better open source business model

By Donald Fischer on May 22, 2018
Today we’re announcing Tidelift’s Series A financing, co-led by General Catalyst, Foundry Group, and Matthew Szulik, former Chairman and CEO of Red ...

What professional teams need when using open source

By Donald Fischer on April 5, 2018
Our mission at Tidelift is to make open source software work better—for everyone.

Pay the maintainers!

By Donald Fischer on March 7, 2018
Right around the time that we were getting started with Tidelift, the New York Times published a compelling editorial entitled “Let’s Get Excited ...

Announcing the Tidelift Subscription

By Donald Fischer on February 28, 2018
At Tidelift, we care deeply for open source software.