I admit it. I've always discounted Red Hat a little bit-- like the kid down the street you have fixed in your mind as perpetually 10 years old. Until he looks you in the eye and says 'Hello' in a baritone.
Such is the state of affairs with their last earnings report.
The Oracle announcement was supposed to do this. The Microsoft/Novell pact was supposed to do that. All Red Hat did was execute, execute and execute.
What immediately came to mind is Red Hat actually might turn into a major player in any brewing OS war/evolution. There's been a bevy of speculation over at ReadWriteWeb about Google producing some sort of GoogleOS.
I do not agree Google would want to wade into the OS game, but perhaps they would consider throwing their weight behind Red Hat. Google's weight is considerable. If Red Hat, as they have just shown, has the momentum... who knows.
I wonder if I should amend my predictions.