IBM Isn't Opposed to Oracle Linux

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It's not that IBM is against Oracle Linux, it's just that, as with any new operating system, it takes time and demand for IBM to give it fullscale support. (Linux-Watch)

Recent news stories have stated that IBM was refusing to support Oracle Linux. That's not true. Further investigation has shown there was little follow-up on the original Reuters story, and that some of the confusion came because the story didn't put IBM's comments into the proper context.

Starting in October, Oracle began shipping its own Oracle Enterprise Linux. This new Linux is an almost perfect clone of Red Hat's RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux). Despite Oracle's efforts to win users over to its operating system offering, it has made little progress in getting corporate customers to commit to it.

It is true that IBM spokesman Matthew McMahon said that IBM was not ready to guarantee that its computer programs, such as WebSphere, are compatible with Oracle Enterprise Linux.

Further, that if such programs did turn out to be incompatible, it would be up to Oracle to resolve the issue. And, of course, if Oracle does get traction in the marketplace, and IBM's clients want it, then, IBM will support it.

Lisa Lanspery, IBM's media relations director for infrastructure management, explained, though, that IBM will work with Oracle to support its offerings on Linux. What IBM hasn't done is "certify" its applications to run on Oracle Linux.

For all practical purposes, IBM expects its applications to run on Oracle Linux just as they would run on RHEL. No surprise there. The problem, therefore, isn't really one of technical support or IBM not supporting Oracle.

The problem is that Oracle will have a harder time selling its Linux to corporate customers who insist that an IBM/Oracle software stack has to be certified from top to bottom.

Read the full story on Linux-Watch: IBM isn't opposed to Oracle Linux

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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor of eWEEK.com's Linux & Open Source Center and Ziff Davis Channel Zone. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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