That's right, not will Oracle Kill Red Hat, but will Oracle Kill Linux?
There seems to be some buzz that Oracle's Unbreakable Linux is positioning itself against Red Hat's Linux. Oracle will be offering support on a version of Linux that they have basically ripped off from Red Hat.
There's no doubt in my mind that Oracle won't kill Red Hat. Linux is used for more than just running Oracle software. I should switch my whole enterprise of umpteen hundred Red Hat computers so I can run 20 Oracle servers more efficiently? I don't think so. Can you see a SysAdmin calling in to Oracle for support and having to wait 6 days to talk to Sandeep in some far reaching corner of the globe? Can't see it myself. Besides, Oracle needs Red Hat to continue to develop the platform so they can rip it off again.
The big question in my mind is will Oracle kill Linux? To successfully deploy Unbreakable Linux, Oracle is going to have to snuggle up to the hardware vendors in order to get Unbreakable Linux pushed out on their hardware. I would imagine that is going to tick off some of the proprietary vendors.
Or better yet, will Linux kill Oracle? Will Oracle get so distracted from it's core business of infrastructure software that the products go downhill further?
Only time will answer these questions. Of course, I don't have a yacht and a billion dollars, so what do I know?
At this point, I'd just be happy with a filesystem that doesn't reboot my box every 5 days.