"Olinux: How does Oracle analyze Linux growth
for past few years? Is it a consistent growth in your opinion? In
what extent Oracle wants Linux to succeeded as an alternative
operating system to server and desktop?
Pradeep Banhot: Oracle's primary focus is on
Linux as a server OS. Oracle wants to see Linux succeed as an OS as
it offers customers openness and superior TCO. There is strong
developer and customer demand for Linux. There have been over
200,000 downloads of Oracle products on linux from our developers
site at http://www.technet.oracle.com. Oracle has always been
successful on open platforms. Highly proprietary platforms such as
AS/400 with built in data management do not enable Oracle to offer
it's benefits to the same extent as Linux."
"Olinux: Officially, Oracle offers linux
support based upon Red Hat distribution. what were the main
technical and corporate aspects that lead this decision?
Pradeep Banhot: Oracle does it's base build on
Red Hat Linux. However our products are certified on all the major
intel based distributions which include SuSE, Turbo and Caldera. It
would be great to have a certification platform for all ISV's that
is distribution independent as proposed by LSB that would make our
"Olinux: What is faster and performs better
technically: Oracle running Linux or NT? Can you give some results
and indicate resource on the internet or those test results?
Pradeep Banhot: Oracle has spent 8 years
optimizing it's NT technology. Today Linux is close on traditional
benchmarks. We didi some internal testing which make Linux faster
on some workloads and NT on others. We plan to do some Java based
testing that I would expect linux to do better in. We have
customers such as 1stUp.com that are doing over 40M database
transactions per day on a single VA linux box with excellent
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