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Oracle Urges Red Hat To Give Away Its Product

Mar 16, 2009, 16:01 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles Babcock)

"Coekaerts volunteered that observation in an interview on how Oracle was faring with its "Unbreakable Linux" support program and its Oracle Enterprise Linux distribution. The latter is actually Red Hat Enterprise Linux with the logos and trademarks removed. Far from being a value-added distribution, Oracle strives to keep it as close to the original Red Hat version as possible, Coekaerts said. Otherwise, the two systems could diverge, to the confusion of those Oracle customers who are Red Hat customers as well. "Oracle Enterprise Linux is literally an exact replica of Red Hat Linux. We have no interest in forking the [Red Hat] product," said Coekaerts, Oracle's VP of Linux and virtualization engineering, in an interview Thursday. Oracle doesn't even perform optimizations on its own Linux to get the database to run faster on it...

"Red Hat makes its frequently released Fedora Linux available for free download, but it asks customers to buy a subscription before downloading the more heavily tested and certified Red Hat Enterprise Linux. There would be more migrations from Unix database servers to Linux if Red Hat made its product available for free, Coekaerts predicted."

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