Here are various reasons, some of it serious, some not. It is a somewhat ordered list, but left as an open list to you the reader.
MSFT should buy RHT because:
- they can
- it's kind of cheap
- RHT deserves this fate
- my stock in RHT would go up
- it would piss off IBM, SUN and LarryE all at the same time, it's beautiful.
- they would integrate the business model without skipping a single beat. Contrary to popular belief the RHT model is already a proprietary distribution of OSS.
- cloud computing a la Amazon, Google both directly compete, may bypass anti-trust regulation
- need for those virtualized runtimes across run-times in windows, Unix. Think VMWare.
- could provide basis for a larryE style acquisition of VMWare.
- It kind of shocked Matt Asay, who muttered something about not being able to admit to it publicly "because it's not his schtick," but upon reflection wouldn't turn his back on a new, more powerful sugar daddy, should the opportunity arise.
OSS is just a better R/D and distribution model. You can use that and expand from there.
More than just an optimization on closed source development, RHT monetizes a community base on its own terms, including proprietary. For those of you who wondered, the model that monetizes OSS is the proprietary one. Even IBM knows that!
Also I would be singing the Spanish soccer chant "OLE! OLE! OLE! OLE!" from here for at least a good 6mo, with video and all, free of charge.
Gaming on my PS3, love you guys at the Borg, mwwaaaah!
Bill Hilf, are you listening?