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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That's disingenuous of IBM
by stephanem on Fri 23rd Feb 2007 22:37 UTC
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Oracle builds their stuff right from Redhat's sources.

I think there should be ONLY one person or organization "certifying" linux - either Linus or FSF.

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It's not IBM saying that Unbreakable is/isin't Linux. It's IBM saying they haven't tested their apps enough on Unbreakable to know if they work as expected or not. It could be IBM just refusing to support anything running on it, or they might just not have got around to testing it yet. I've never heard Oracle come out and say that Unbreakable is 100% compatible with RHEL.

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RE: That's disingenuous of IBM
by butters on Sat 24th Feb 2007 02:12 in reply to "That's disingenuous of IBM"
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I think there should be ONLY one person or organization "certifying" linux - either Linus or FSF.

You're so wrong. Anyone providing software, support, and assorted services must be able to certify what they do and do not support. This is plainly obvious.

There are many reasons why IBM does not currently certify their products and services on Unbreakable Linux. First, there's not much demand for Unbreakable, and certification is an expensive and time-consuming process. Second, IBM already certifies their Linux offerings on Red Hat and Novell. Third, IBM supports Oracle on both of these Linux platforms in addition to AIX and (gasp) Windows. Finally, even if Oracle thinks that providing its own Linux platform will enable it to better support their customers, how does this help IBM provide better support for Oracle customers?

Edited 2007-02-24 02:12

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