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Oracle to Red Hat: It’s Not Your Father’s Linux Market Anymore

Oct 20, 2010, 12:33 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeff Gould)

"Oracle is having a new go at Red Hat. But this time, instead of a RHEL clone, it's offering an improved version of Linux designed to optimize the performance of its own hardware and software. Although it won't deal a knockout blow to Red Hat, Oracle's Linux will certainly take share in the large Oracle database, middleware and application installed bases (and may further marginalize Suse). Like Google's Android, it suggests that Linux is beginning to fragment in the same way that Unix did.

"Ellison takes aim at Red Hat, again

"You have all undoubtedly heard the news that Oracle launched its own branch of the Linux kernel a few weeks ago. Oracle's new Linux goes a step further than the Red Hat clone it announced back in 2006 – Oracle is now departing from a strict copy of RHEL by adding its own features specifically designed to enhance the performance of Oracle brand hardware and software. Since Oracle ranks a close second to Microsoft as the world's least popular software company among open source fans, it's not surprising that Larry Ellison's big announcement has so far met with some skepticism in the Linux community. But everyone knows Larry doesn't give a pile of radioactive marsupial pucky what the open source community thinks about anything..."

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