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Linux Journal: Everything But the Hat Hair

Jun 06, 2002, 22:00 (27 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Don Marti)

"Oracle CEO Larry Ellison ended the Linux distribution wars today, as far as corporate installations are concerned, with the flat-out statement that 'We can't provide the same level of support' (for Oracle products on other distributions as they can on Red Hat). 'We've elected to work very closely with Red Hat. We're recommending Red Hat.' Ellison did everything for Red Hat except actually wear the red Red Hat hat handed to him by Red Hat CEO Matthew Szulik.

"If you're paying, or planning to pay, for an Oracle license, better listen to Uncle Larry. He dismissed even the much-hyped UnitedLinux as another of the 'crazy names' that will get second-rate support. With all the software vendors that depend on or integrate with Oracle, this is the only domino that needs to fall. 550 vendors have certified applications with Oracle 9i on Linux, Oracle announced today.

"But at today's 'Unbreakable Linux' launch event at Oracle's HQ in Redwood Shores, California, the subject wasn't the same old bleeding-edge, wild and wooly, 'release every six months whether it's ready or not' Red Hat distribution that regulars at Linux installfests have learned to greet with a crack-pipe-smoking gesture. It's now all about Red Hat Linux Advanced Server, which was introduced in March..."

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