Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, open source software specialist Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Red Hat's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Red Hat facts

Headquarters (founded) Raleigh, N.C. (1993)
Market Cap $11.6 billion
Industry Systems software
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $1.1 billion
Management CEO James Whitehurst (since 2008)
CFO Charles Peters Jr. (since 2004)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 9.2%
Cash/Debt $808.3 million / $0
Competitors Microsoft

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 18% of the 742 members who have rated Red Hat believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

A few weeks ago, one of those Fools, All-Star BuffettJunior1, succinctly summed up the bear case for our community:

Red Hat makes money giving away free software. The company has no economic moat, which means increased competition will threaten its impressive growth. Considering the ridiculous valuation on this stock I think some investors will lose a lot of money in the long run.

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