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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Their sales model is what's not compatible
by gilA on Sat 24th Feb 2007 00:15 UTC
gilA
Member since:
2006-02-09

Nonsense. Their sales model is what's not compatible with Oracle's RHEL. IBM wants to be in every layer of everyone's pockets: server, os, database, middleware, front-end. Letting someone else take the database and now os (ala Oracle) doesn't make them a happy camper. Someday IBM will realise that Linux has not killed MS, Sun, or HP for various reasons. Then they'll go back to promoting AIX.

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uteck Member since:
2006-07-16

It's not "Oracle's RHEL", it is based on it. What tweaks did they have to do to improve it over RHEL if any? I am a bit leery about it since I know RH has lots of devs that have worked on Linux, can Oracle match their experience and skill with the OS? Will Oracle certify their database for CentOS?

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Kokopelli Member since:
2005-07-06

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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