Are Platform Vendors Stealing Linux?
Sep 26, 2010, 23:04 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)
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"Something rather interesting is going on in the Linux
enterprise space, something which I think enterprise Linux vendors
(and the rest of us) need to pay attention.
"It started with a rather quiet announcement on September 14,
when Amazon--you know, the book-and-cloud vendor--announced the
Amazon Linux AMI for their Elastic Computing Cloud (EC2) service.
An AMI, for those not familiar with the term, is how Amazon Web
Services refers to a virtual machine on its EC2 network. This new
Amazon Linux AMI, then, essentially represents a new Linux distro
for the enterprise, albeit one that runs on EC2 only.
"At the time, I didn't think much of it, since yet another
distro is part and parcel with the Linux lifestyle.
"But then Oracle came out with its wacky announcement on Monday
of this week: it was releasing a new,
optimized-for-Oracle-hardware-and-software Linux kernel to go along
with its rebranded Oracle Linux offering. I have already called
this as a blatant attempt to sell Oracle boxes and software, but I
got to thinking about these two seemingly unrelated announcements
and I came up with a disturbing question."