Linked by Adam S on Thu 26th Apr 2007 20:58 UTC, submitted by E. Stride
Linux It was another small step forward for Oracle Enterprise Linux this week as a handful of ISVs pledged support, but it's still a long road ahead for the Red Hat clone. Says searchenterpriselinux, "The news came a day after Oracle announced that a handful of other hardware ISVs had also pledged to support its brand of Linux. For Tony Iams, a senior analyst with Rye Brooke, N.Y.-based Ideas International Ltd., the news was indicative of an upward trend for the company's Linux distribution, which was launched in October."
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RE: Big Deal
by ormandj on Fri 27th Apr 2007 00:32 UTC in reply to "Big Deal"
ormandj
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2005-10-09

This way Oracle can provide support for the OS as well as the DB server. Dealing with a large government organization that is totally in bed with Oracle and IBM, I can understand the logic. I'm sure Oracle will get support contracts out of this, even if it is just a RH-recompile. Who knows, they might diverge in the future. Oracle just wants the support contracts, judging on how they conduct business in general.

I see nothing wrong with it, free market economy and OSS at work here. I also (personally) wouldn't touch a RH or Oracle supported product with a ten foot pole, but if I had to pick one - I'd pick Oracle. I dealt with RH support a long time ago - and was not impressed. While Oracle's software is crufty and a PITA to work with, the few times I've called for support - I've talked with somebody who knew a heck of a lot.

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RE[2]: Big Deal
by TechGeek on Fri 27th Apr 2007 02:15 in reply to "RE: Big Deal"
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2006-01-14

I've had just the opposite experience. I have had great experience with RH tech support. They have been very willing to help us out when we need it. Oracle on the other hand has expected us to bend over backwards when we call in a bug report. Like asking us to send them a copy of our data set. That may seem reasonable, except its about 800 Gigs worth. And they didnt seem interested in fixing certain bugs. I also don't like Oracles take on patching. Which is not to do it unless something breaks. Then bend over while they make it extremely difficult to do. We are an educational institution though so that may have something to do with it.

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RE[3]: Big Deal
by kaiwai on Fri 27th Apr 2007 12:07 in reply to "RE[2]: Big Deal"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

I've had just the opposite experience. I have had great experience with RH tech support. They have been very willing to help us out when we need it. Oracle on the other hand has expected us to bend over backwards when we call in a bug report. Like asking us to send them a copy of our data set. That may seem reasonable, except its about 800 Gigs worth. And they didnt seem interested in fixing certain bugs. I also don't like Oracles take on patching. Which is not to do it unless something breaks. Then bend over while they make it extremely difficult to do. We are an educational institution though so that may have something to do with it.


Hence the reason I doubt Oracle's stay with its own distribution for the long term; this isn't Oracles first foray into the operating systems market.

I put the rest of the reply on my blog to save space: http://kaiwai.blogspot.com

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