What to Make of Oracle vs. Red Hat?
The tremors from Oracle's recent decision to support its own version of Red Hat Linux less expensively than Red Hat does are still being felt in the Linux community, and both analysts and Linux corporate executives are trying to get a handle on it.The tremors from Oracles recent decision to support its own version of Red Hat Linux less expensively than Red Hat does are still being felt in the Linux community. Red Hats official statement is, "The opportunity for open source just got bigger. Oracles announcement further validates Red Hats technical leadership. We will continue to optimize Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Oracle and compete on value and innovation."
On Red Hats site, though, the Linux company comes out swinging. In a section titled "Unfakeable Linux," Red Hat points out a laundry list of whats wrong with Oracles Unbreakable Linux. This includes no support for the Red Hat Application Stack; no guarantees of hardware or software compatibility; and, invoking that swear word in Linux circles, Oracle will "fork" the RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) code.