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OLinux.com.br: What are Oracle's plans to boost and support Linux platform?

May 02, 2000, 13:58 (1 Talkback[s])
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"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 certification easier."

"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 availability."

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