Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Oct 2006 17:10 UTC, submitted by M-Saunders
Databases "Yesterday Oracle announced the release of their own version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, simply called Enterprise Linux or 'Unbreakable Linux'. In a remarkably similar move to such projects as CentOS, Oracle have decided to remove all Red Hat specific trademarks and brand it as their own (all quite legit, of course). They will be supplying bugfixes for this new version, and will also be synchronising it with future releases of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. We decided to take a peek at what Oracle had come up with. Read on for a first-look, and the Linux Format team's opinions." In the meantime, Mark Shuttleworth said a partnership with Oracle is no longer a matter of if, but when.
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They're doing this for one reason....
by mbpark on Thu 26th Oct 2006 21:34 UTC
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Oracle is doing this for one reason (besides making money).

They want to be able to offer a complete stack to run your database, application servers, and ERP platforms on. They already have all three (Oracle Database, Oracle Application Server, and Peoplesoft, JDEdwards, Siebel, and their own products).

I've used Oracle on Linux. They only support a small number of distributions (Red Hat, SUSE, and possibly Ubuntu). If a distro has a major change, like Red Hat did between 6.2 and 7, then it can mess up how Oracle operates.

If Oracle controls what goes into the distribution, then they can:

1. Only include the apps you need for running Oracle and applications.
2. Tune the kernel for Oracle, and include features such as OCFS enabled in it.
3. Include Oracle's version of Apache instead of the vanilla Apache.
4. Issue OS patches which directly correlate to Oracle patches as part of the quarterly Critical Patch Updates.
5. Build management extensions so that you can manage Oracle Linux servers directly from Oracle Enterprise Manager/Grid Control. In other words, deploy and manage Oracle and Linux from the same console.
6. Extend the Oracle Enterprise Manager-based patch management that's now in 10g Release 2 to include the OS.
7. Possibly include a "jumpstart" like Debian has where you can plug in new servers, netboot them, and automatically have Linux and Oracle installed, configured, and added to your grid in a specific role.

They're not going to make money on having their own version of Linux.

They're going to make money by charging for the Oracle Enterprise Manager licenses for each Oracle Linux server. They can get a lot more for the O.E.M. licenses than they can for Linux itself.

Linux is notorious for not having easy to use patch management (yes, I know Linux has it, but it's not on the same point and click level as Windows Update Services for basic admins).

Oracle has it in 10g Release 2. They can extend what they have for grid management down to the OS level, and make systems management that much easier.

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