Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Feb 2007 22:20 UTC, submitted by Rahul
IBM IBM is not ready to guarantee that its computer programs are compatible with Oracle's recently launched version of the Linux operating system, an IBM spokesman said on Friday. This means that if IBM software programs turn out to be incompatible with Oracle Enterprise Linux, then it will be up to Oracle - and not IBM - to resolve the issue, said IBM spokesman Matthew McMahon.
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Not quite the case. IBM does not significantly profit from a Linux sale on new hardware. All they do is bundle the CDs and the first year of support from Red Hat or Suse.

Really what this is about is support channels. IBM is saying that they will not officially support their product lines (DB2, WebSphere, Tivoli, etc...) on a platform that they have not done testing on. Unbreakable is an exact clone of RHEL. Will it always be?

IBM is very conservative on supporting flavors of Linux. I would really love for the to support any deb based distro, but do not see it happening unless Mr. Shuttleworth pulls it off.

RHEL and SLES has always been a tough sell for me. When you factor in the support contracts I find them to be more expensive than Windows. Centos is a decent route if you want to run IBM software, but it will of course be unsupported there as well.

Edited 2007-02-24 21:11

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