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Oracle serves Red Hat

Late Wednesday, Oracle Corp. announced that it would be offering its very own Linux distribution. Peak behind the splashscreen of Oracle Unbreakable Linux, though and you'll find it is actually Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

The idea, ostensibly, is to simplify life for Oracle database customers by cutting the number of vendors they have to deal with. And for those customers who already use RHEL, Oracle has noted it can cut support costs paid to Red Hat Inc. as well, which we heard can be considerable.

So this could be a good deal for Oracle/RHEL shops, though we question the long-term viability of relying on any ecosystem that systematically deprives revenue from the very company that maintains the software being used. Then again, such is the sword that open source leaders deliberately hung over any would-be corporate Damocles to prevent undue market domination. That Larry Ellison is nothing if not wily.




Assuming Oracle continues to support RHEL'err'we mean OUL, for the long-haul, that is. This announcement reminds us of a similar Linux distro Sun Microsystems Inc. did few years back, in which the company tweaked SuSE Linux into its own Linux distribution, called Java Desktop System. Last we checked, JDS was a feature in Solaris.

Posted by Joab Jackson on Oct 27, 2006 at 9:39 AM


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