IBM Isnt Opposed to Oracle Linux
It's not that IBM is against Oracle Linux, it's just that, as with any new operating system, it takes time and demand for IBM to give it fullscale support. (Linux-Watch)Recent news stories have stated that IBM was refusing to support Oracle Linux. Thats not true. Further investigation has shown there was little follow-up on the original Reuters story, and that some of the confusion came because the story didnt put IBMs comments into the proper context. Starting in October, Oracle began shipping its own Oracle Enterprise Linux. This new Linux is an almost perfect clone of Red Hats RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux). Despite Oracles efforts to win users over to its operating system offering, it has made little progress in getting corporate customers to commit to it. It is true that IBM spokesman Matthew McMahon said that IBM was not ready to guarantee that its computer programs, such as WebSphere, are compatible with Oracle Enterprise Linux.
Further, that if such programs did turn out to be incompatible, it would be up to Oracle to resolve the issue. And, of course, if Oracle does get traction in the marketplace, and IBMs clients want it, then, IBM will support it.