Today, Salon has the first hand story of a Linux hacker who was invited by Red Hat to participate in their IPO because of his contributions to the community. Unfortunately, when he signed up for an ETrade account, as instructed by Red Hat, he was denied the right to participate because ETrade weeds out everyone who doesn’t have a lot of money. Apparently, this has happened to a bunch of people that Red Hat wanted to let in on the IPO. It remains to be seen whether Red Hat can convince ETrade to do their bidding and let the hackers that were personally invited invest in the IPO.