Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th Oct 2006 18:47 UTC, submitted by tux68
Databases Red Hat has officially responded to Oracle's 'Unbreakable Linux' move. "The opportunity for Linux just got bigger. Oracle's support for Linux reaffirms Red Hat's technical industry leadership and the end of proprietary Unix. It's no accident that Red Hat was chosen #1 in value two years running. Want to know what else we think? Read on." This article has more reactions.
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2005-07-06 that the URL ends with /unfakeable/ - easy to miss when the word "unfakeable" doesn't actually appear anywhere in the page itself :-)

I think this move by Oracle will prove to be a mistake - Oracle is primarily a database vendor and has virtually no track record on providing operating system support (OK, there was that Network Computer thing...oh, that failed didn't it?).

Why can't Oracle work with Red Hat to produce better patches for the OS to make Oracle products work better with Red Hat Linux (and, by osmosis, all Linux distros)? Yes, they probably do that already, but instead of farming out those Oracle engineers (plus no doubt dozens more) to produce standalone OS patches, it seems far more sensible to expand the effort at producing patches for RHEL itself that go into the upstream distro.

Ironically, the free Oracle (aka Oracle Express) is starting to show the path Oracle were wisely taking - a simple RPM install and you've got Oracle up and running in 5 minutes. Yes, it's still gigantic compared to MySQL and PostgreSQL, but it's the sort of thing that Linux administrator appreciate - *not* forking the OS off into a pointless RHEL clone with a few non-standard patches added. We already have RHEL clones out there (e.g. CentOS) and we don't need yet another, thank you!

I'd have thought that little would change for Oracle Linux DB admins - they'd either buy RHEL+support from Red Hat or go the free route with CentOS. Why bother with the Frankenstein middle-ground of "Oracle RHEL", which isn't directly supported by Red Hat and still costs money?

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