To me it's the same with MS requiring Github.
big companies are no welfare, there is always an underlying intention. Redhat has a lot of knowledge IBM can use. Esp the cloud engineering.
I personally think it's bad, I never seen any great improvement of opensource after corporate grabbed it. It's smart for their funding, but if they don't bring / make profit either they will restructure you with some idiotic excuses. - I call them idiotic excuses mainly because they bought an opensource company ... what did they expect? Millions of dollars on GPL? -
Or they try to wear it down like Oracle tried with MySQL. It also can be just buying influence? Hard to tell.
I am just an old cynic.
Anyhow .... gg I can imagine a lot of great things that can happen with IBM and Redhat, I can also think about enough bad things.
Lets do the rational thing: wait and observe.
I spoke with few Redhatters in a recent conference. It seems people are happy about it. In IBM's point of view its a way for them to jump into and support OSS, meanwhile redhat is now backed up by strong company. Also IBM being an enterprise company which didn't encourage OSS contribution, now it follows redhat's culture for open source contribution among its employees which is good. For now it seems overall its good for the community.