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IBM and Red Hat Are Much Better Together

The two make a more compelling cloud-computing alternative as a combined force than they ever could on their own.

 A big splurge.

 A big splurge.

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IBM just made the cloud-computing war far more interesting. 

International Business Machines Corp. announced on Sunday that it’s buying Red Hat Inc., one of the most successful pioneers of a software movement known as open source, which allows programming instructions to be accessible to anyone to view and alter.