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Oracle Unbreakable Linux vs. Red Hat
Written by Daniel   
Wednesday, 28 November 2007 12:08
Can Oracle dominate Red Hat?
Michael Hoffman (Blog) - November 26, 2007 8:40 AM

The Oracle OpenWorld expo in San Francisco a couple of weeks ago featured a slew of different announcements, but only a small number of them got major press coverage. One curious reader e-mailed me to quickly discuss Oracle Unbreakable Linux and Red Hat, and I decided a short blog was in order.

Led by CEO Larry Ellison, Oracle officially set its sights on stealing market share away from Red Hat, the current leader in enterprise Linux. As the Oracle Unbreakable Linux support program -- based off of Red Hat technology -- continues to snap up users after more than a year on the market, Ellison still chose not to publicly speculate how the OS is doing compared to Red Hat. The company jumped fully into the Linux support business due to the number of clients who elect to use free and open software technologies.

"Oracle has been in the Linux business for a year now. With the Red Hat code all we did for the first year was fix bugs," Ellison said in his keynote. "Now Oracle is growing a lot faster than Red Hat. Red Hat has been growing too because it is a growing market."
Oracle is probably known in the open source community for its code contribution of the Oracle Cluster File System, which is optimized for Oracle databases but included with the 2.6.16 Linux kernel. According to Oracle, Red Hat users interested in switching from RH to Unbreakable Linux should be able to do so in a few minutes.... More  Comment in the Forum
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