head_dunce writes "So it seems that this economy has inspired a lot of businesses to move to Linux with Red Hat posting profits that beat everyone's expectations. Looks like there's a dark side to being a highly profitable company in a down economy though, now there is talks of Citigroup and Oracle wanting to buy Red Hat. For a while now we've been watching Yahoo fend off Carl Icann and Steve Ballmer so that Yahoo could stay independent, but the fight seems to be a huge distraction for Yahoo with lots of energy (and money) invested. — My question is, will Red Hat stay independent? And if there was a company to buy Red Hat, what company would make for a good parent?"