by Swapnil Bhartiya

A Red Hat wedding

Jun 30, 2016
LinuxOpen Source

"There is no forking this project," said officiant and Red Hat EVP Paul Cormier as he married a Texas couple at Red Hat Summit. rn

On the second day of the Red Hat Summit this week, attendees found themselves invited to a wedding during one of the general sessions.

The groom was Matt Hargrave, a Red Hat client from Texas, and, it probably goes without saying, a huge fan of the company. The bride was Shannon Montague, a sign language interpreter.

Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst acted as the ring bearer and Red Hat EVP, technology and products, Paul Cormier officiated.

Cormier told the couple that, “a successful marriage follows some of the same principles that I talked about in my keynote this morning: your single footprints are moving to a combination of physical, virtual, private and public resources. You need some common management stability, consistency. Your lifecycle needs to be tracked and maintained. And after today your relationship will have newly architected infrastructure. And, of course, collaboration is the most critical. Matt, as a Linux engineer you are no stranger to commitment. But pushing a commit to github isn’t the same as committing to a life partner, there is no forking this project.”

You can watch the ceremony here:

This is probably the best human interest story I’ve seen at any Linux conference. A close second was when the Linux Foundation flew in 13 year old Zachary DuPont to meet his hero Linus Torvalds.