Oracle Adopts Red Hat Linux as Its Own
Oracle will be taking Red Hat Enterprise Linux, removing Red Hat's trademarks, distributing it as Unbreakable Linux and undercutting Red Hat's support charges by at least half.Oracle on Oct. 25 announced that it will provide the same enterprise-class support for Linux as it provides for its database, middleware and applications products. Essentially, this means that Oracle, after removing Red Hat trademarks, will be distributing Oracle Unbreakable Linux, derived from Red Hats open-source Linux technology. Oracle, however, claims that it is merely "supporting" Unbreakable Linux, which is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
Other, far smaller companies, such as CentOS and White Box Enterprise Linux, have taken Red Hats code, removed the Red Hat trademarks, and spun their own Linux distributions from it. No major business, until now, though, has made such a move.