Tuesday in Boston the doors opened on the first in-person Red Hat Summit since 2019. The company’s 2020 and 2021 events had been held entirely online in deference to the Covid virus.
At the last in-person Red Hat lovefest, Red Hat was technically still a publicly traded independent company and Jim Whitehurst was the company’s CEO. The biggest news at that conference (other than the all-but-done sale to IBM) was the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8, making it the last RHEL release under an independent Red Hat.
It seems somehow fitting that the company’s next in-person event has happened about a week before RHEL 8.x is to be replaced by RHEL 9.
The pandemic’s effect on the conference also means that while Whitehurst’s replacement, Paul Cormier, has been CEO at Red Hat since early 2020, yesterday was his first opportunity to stand before a live audience at Summit to give the opening keynote.
“Welcome to the Red Hat Summit,” he said to open the event. “I know we have a big virtual audience today, welcome to you. It’s amazing to see all of you actually in front of me here, in person. You don’t know how good it feels to see that and say, welcome to the Red Hat Summit.”