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The future of Oracle Linux

A redditor recently asked for feedback about Oracle Linux and its future in a thread on the Linux subreddit. Many other redditors chimed in with their thoughts.

Dogecoinslove asks about the future of Oracle Linux:

How good is the future. Will it be able to survive next 10 years. I know many DBAs still vouch for Solaris but due to cost factor I am seeing lot of clients moving to Oracle Linux .

In short - Does it have a future.

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Centropomus responded with what might have been the real purpose of Oracle Linux:

The project was originally an effort to lower Red Hat's stock price in preparation for a possible acquisition. It worked, though they decided to go a different route in shoring up their platform control. Whatever customer focus they may have is an afterthought.

It's fine if you only want to run Oracle on it, but if you want good general-purpose support, Red Hat is the way to go.

disclosure: former Red Hat employee

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Adila01 noted that Oracle may not have the best interests of Linux at heart:

Yeah, Oracle is actually damaging the Linux ecosystem by not contributing back and adding on proprietary functionality like ksplice.

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