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Oracle's Unbreakable Linux not denting Red Hat

Mar 02, 2009, 18:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Asay)

"Oracle's own customers appear to vote in favor of Red Hat rather than Oracle's own Unbreakable Linux offering....[I]f Oracle cannot compete effectively against Red Hat inside its own customer base, we highly doubt it can do so outside its customer base.

"Why? Why aren't even Oracle customers shaving costs with Oracle's Red Hat knock-off?

"It's the value. Oracle's own Linux support policy site is enough to give prospective customers pause. For one thing, Oracle offers "Basic" and "Premier" Linux support plans. The Basic offering, which is the pricing with which Oracle has blandishing the market to demonstrate how cost effective it is, expires after three years. Three years into the program, in other words, customers are going to get hit with the "switch" part of Oracle's Unbreakable "bait-and-switch."

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