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Linux What is Enterprise Linux? Who has it? What does it cost? Are there any viable free alternatives? These are all questions that this article will address and try to answer.
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Hardware certification?
by ranger on Wed 7th Apr 2004 07:49 UTC

In some environments, there is only one option: RHEL.

For example, if you want to cluster anything besides Oracle on EMC storage solutions, the only option is RHEL2.1 (at present). If you *are* doing Oracle clustering, then you can use SLES8 too if you want. (And, no, Debian is not listed, the only two Linux distributions listed at all are RHEL2.1 - x86 and ia64 - and SLES8 x86).

(see http://www.emc.com/interoperability/matrices/EMCSupportMatrix.pdf)

Once you've paid the money for the EMC box, the cost of RHEL licenses is peanuts.

If you don't have certification reqruirements, I don't see why you would want the pain of RHEL ... and all the RHEL clones give you just that, the pain of RHEL without any of the advantages.