Oracle, who distributes an RHEL clone, has responded to Red Hat’s latest source code availability changes.
We want to emphasize to Linux developers, Linux customers, and Linux distributors that Oracle is committed to Linux freedom. Oracle makes the following promise: as long as Oracle distributes Linux, Oracle will make the binaries and source code for that distribution publicly and freely available. Furthermore, Oracle welcomes downstream distributions of every kind, community and commercial. We are happy to work with distributors to ease that process, work together on the content of Oracle Linux, and ensure Oracle software products are certified on your distribution.
The only good thing about Red Hat’s announced changes is that it will make Oracle’s life harder. That might make it all worthwhile.