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Oracle's Linux: Unbreakable? Or Just a Necessary Adjustment?

Charles Babcock post an article on Informationweek.com outlining a conversation he had with Wim Coekaerts, VP of Linux engineering at Oracle, about "Unbreakable Linux". 

Babcock addresses the kernel development process:

As I asked Coekaerts and other kernel developers about the kernel development process, the subject of so-called Unbreakable Linux inevitably came up. Oracle's year-old Unbreakable Linux is more about enterprise Linux technical support and keeping Oracle customers up and running than a separate distribution, Coekaerts said in an interview.

In fact, Coekaerts has to say this often because Oracle is widely viewed as an opportunistic supporter of Linux, taking Red Hat's product, stripping out its trademarks, and offering it as its own. Coekaerts says what's more important is that Oracle is a contributor to Linux. It contributed the cluster file system and hasn't really generated a competing distribution.

Babcock’s article and interview also discusses Oracle vs. Redhat issues regarding bug fixes, technical support, etc.

http://www.informationweek.com/blog/main/archives/2007/10/oracles_linux_u.html


 

 
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