Oracle move a worry for Red Hat

Don't call it Oracle Linux! The database vendor won't be packaging its own distribution of the open source OS, but Oracle CEO Larry Ellison announced at Oracle OpenWorld this afternoon that his company will be offering full support for Linux under a new "Unbreakable Linux" campaign.

Don't call it Oracle Linux! The database vendor won't be packaging its own distribution of the open source OS, but Oracle CEO Larry Ellison announced at Oracle OpenWorld this afternoon that his company will be offering full support for Linux under a new "Unbreakable Linux" campaign.

Oracle has offered comprehensive support for customers who run Oracle databases on Linux in the past, but the new program is something more. According to Ellison, customers will now be able to receive all their patches, security fixes, and backports for RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) releases 3 and 4 directly from Oracle. In addition, Oracle will offer its Linux support customers full indemnification from intellectual property lawsuits, like the ones filed by SCO.

Red Hat insists that it maintains a longstanding and successful relationship with Oracle. Remember, though, that although Red Hat does package its own complete distribution of Linux, it doesn't actually sell the OS. Rather, its business model is based on subscription support services. As a result, this new move puts Oracle in direct competition with the Linux vendor -- and, as anyone in the software industry can tell you, Oracle is a formidable competitor.

InfoWorld's resident open source blogger, Matt Asay, was in attendance at the show and has posted screen caps of Ellison's slides, complete with pricing.

It will be interesting to see how this pans out as the shockwaves reverberate across the Linux industry.

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