"While Oracle's moves to provide enterprise-level support around
Red Hat Linux are stirring up controversy, the vendor's decision to
join the Free Standards Group (FSG), also unveiled last week, is
capturing less attention. Yet is it possible that Oracle's newly
minted membership in the standards group might actually help to
dispel industry fragmentation?
"'Oracle's membership in the FSG is clearly a positive sign,'
maintained Jim Zemlin, the FSG's executive director.
"In an interview with LinuxPlanet, Zemlin steered rather clear
of making direct predictions as to whether Oracle's support program
will bring about 'forking,' leading to the Oracle Linux
'derivative' that Red Hat currently warns about on its Web