"That's an important distinction for Oracle (NASDAQ:
ORCL), which makes billions from its products running on Linux, and
is a very active player in the open source OS's ecosystem.
"Instead, Oracle has long maintained that its Linux
distribution, Oracle Enterprise Linux, includes changes simply to
enable the company to better provide support to customers. It also
said its changes get contributed to the upstream Linux community,
and that its distribution is binary-compatible with RHEL, which
means that software certified to run on Red Hat's OS will run
similarly on Oracle Enterprise Linux."