First (as I recall) there was White Box Enterprise Linux. Then came CentOS. Now it seems it's Oracle's turn to get into the game. What game is that? Why, taking Red Hat Enterprise Linux source code, stripping out all of Red Hat's trademarks, recompiling and repackaging it as your own distribution.
Introducing Oracle Unbreakable Linux. (Unbreakable Linux--I like the sound of that. Hope it can live up to this rather dramatic titular claim...)
Imitation, the sincerest form of flattery? Maybe this is just a bit over the top though? Don't misunderstand, it's all perfectly on the up & up. Nothing legally or ethically wrong with this approach--after all, the code is all covered under the GPL licensing. And the key here isn't even a new distro based on someone else's codebase. Who really cares anyway? Selling distros isn't where the money is in Linux anyway. It's the support contracts that count, and that is precisely the game Oracle wishes to join. This is a step right in that direction for Oracle I suppose but it will make the former "friends" direct competitors.
Interesting developments but not totally unexpected, and indeed probably good for the late adopters. The more warm & fuzzy corporations feel about commercial support, the more likely they will be to move forward with Linux integration. It ain't 1995 anymore...
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Tags: Linux Oracle Red Hat Enterprise Linux RHEL CentOS White Box Enterprise Linux distro support