Yet a bit more ranting about Linux... beware of it :)
My hunch is that Oracle is trying to get rid of Redhat and Novell in one go. They will be subsidising a low-cost Linux support group, then once Redhat and Novell have narrowed enough, they will either buy them out or throw some good old-fashioned Oracle's CEO FUD on them.
My guess, or wish, is that Redhat and Novell will try to:
(a) Redhat -- keep doing what they do best: squashing bugs in newer Linux versions that enterprise clients don't want to/can't deal with. Charge a subscription for it.
(b) Novell -- keep pushing onto the Mono direction of creating a bridge between 3rd party .NET Windows-centric apps to the Linux world.
ORACLE OPENWORLD, SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
Today Oracle announced that it would provide the same enterprise class
support for Linux as it provides for its database, middleware and
applications products. Oracle starts with Red Hat Linux, removes Red Hat
trademarks, and then adds Linux bug fixes.
(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20020718/ORCLLOGO )
Currently, Red Hat only provides bug fixes for the latest version of
its software. This often requires customers to upgrade to a new version of
Linux software to get a bug fixed. Oracle's new Unbreakable Linux program
will provide bug fixes to future, current, and back releases of Linux. In
other words, Oracle will provide the same level of enterprise support for
Linux as is available for other operating systems.
Oracle is offering its Unbreakable Linux program for substantially less
than Red Hat currently charges for its best support. "We believe that
better support and lower support prices will speed the adoption of Linux,
and we are working closely with our partners to make that happen," said
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. "Intel is a development partner. Dell and HP are
resellers and support partners. Many others are signed up to help us move
Linux up to mission critical status in the data center."
"Oracle's Unbreakable Linux program is available to all Linux users for
as low as $99 per system per year," said Oracle President Charles Phillips.
"You do not have to be a user of Oracle software to qualify. This is all
about broadening the success of Linux. To get Oracle support for Red Hat
Linux all you have to do is point your Red Hat server to the Oracle
network. The switch takes less than a minute."
"We think it's important not to fragment the market," said Oracle's
Chief Corporate Architect Edward Screven. "We will maintain compatibility
with Red Hat Linux. Every time Red Hat distributes a new version we will
resynchronize with their code. All we add are bug fixes, which are
immediately available to Red Hat and the rest of the community. We have
years of Linux engineering experience. Several Oracle employees are Linux
"As a customer with first hand experience of Oracle's outstanding
support organization, Dell will use Oracle to support Linux operating
systems internally," said Michael Dell, Chairman of the Board, Dell.
"Oracle's new Linux support program will help us drive standards deeper
into the enterprise. Today we're announcing that Dell customers can choose
Oracle's Unbreakable Linux program to support Linux environments running on
Dell PowerEdge servers."
"Having worked with Oracle for many years in the enterprise computing
space, we believe that the Oracle Unbreakable Linux program will bring
tremendous value to our mutual Linux customers," said Paul Otellini,
President and CEO, Intel Corporation. "Our work with Oracle on this program
will be an important extension to our longstanding enterprise computing
"HP and Oracle's collaboration and testing of Linux with integrated
stacks of hardware, software, storage, and networking has helped create
numerous best practices across the industry. HP welcomes the addition of
Oracle's Unbreakable Linux program to the portfolio," said Mark Hurd,
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, HP.
"Oracle's support for Red Hat Linux will encourage broader adoption of
Linux in the enterprise," said Bill Zeitler, Senior Vice President & Group
Executive, IBM Systems and Technology Group. "IBM shares Oracle's goal of
making Linux a reliable, highly standard, cost effective platform for
mission critical applications backed by world class support."
"Linux is important to us, and to our customers," said Don Rippert,
Chief Technology Officer, Accenture. "We applaud Oracle's efforts to bring
enterprise-quality support to Linux with the Oracle Unbreakable Linux
program announcement. Together with Oracle, we at Accenture look forward to
making the Linux experience even better for our customers."
"Oracle's Unbreakable Linux program will greatly expand the servicing
options available to our AMD Linux customers," said Hector Ruiz, Chairman
and Chief Executive Officer of Advanced Micro Devices. "We are excited by
the program's potential to further enhance the success of AMD Linux servers
in the enterprise."
"It is critical that our customers have true enterprise-quality support
for their Linux deployments. Oracle's Unbreakable Linux program support
delivers the level of confidence our customers need to run Linux in their
data centers," said Harry You, CEO, Bearing Point.
"The combined power of EMC and Oracle solutions bring superior
reliability, scalability, high availability, and now, enhanced enterprise
supportability to Linux users. We are confident that joint Linux solutions
from EMC and Oracle will deliver enterprise scale and quality while
lowering the cost of infrastructure for our customers," said Joe Tucci,
Chairman, CEO, President, EMC.
"As Oracle's only systems management ISV at the highest level in
Oracle's Partner Program, BMC Software is excited to see Oracle's deepening
commitment to Linux," said Bob Beauchamp, BMC Software President and CEO.
"Business Service Management from BMC Software with the Oracle Unbreakable
Linux program meets customer demand for lower cost and higher quality
support for their infrastructure."
"The world's largest enterprises must have the flexibility to quickly
and continually adapt to today's rapidly changing business requirements,
without incurring risk," said Dan Warmenhoven, CEO of Network Appliance.
"The Oracle Unbreakable Linux program is designed to drive the key benefits
of Linux -- including flexibility, reliability, and simplicity -- directly
into the data center. The longstanding relationship between NetApp and
Oracle has enabled us to continuously deliver superior enterprise solutions
to enable business agility and improve reliability -- all tenets of the
Oracle's breadth and depth of technical expertise, advanced support
technologies, and global reach includes 7,000 support staff in 17 global
support centers, providing help to our customers in 27 languages, in any
time zone. Oracle has recently been awarded the J.D. Power and Associates
Global Technology Service and Support Certification for "an outstanding
customer service experience."
"With the scale of our support organization we can provide much better
Linux support at a much lower price," said Executive Vice President of
Oracle Customer Services Juergen Rottler. "We have the expertise and
infrastructure to improve substantially the quality of support for
enterprise Linux customers."
Enterprise Linux binaries will be available for free from Oracle.
Enterprise Linux Network Support will be offered for $99.00 per system /
per year. Enterprise Linux Basic support, which offers Network access plus
24x7 global coverage will be offered for $399 for a 2 CPU system per year
and $999 for a system with unlimited CPU's. Enterprise Linux Premier
Support, which offers Basic support plus back port of fixes to earlier
releases as well as Oracle Lifetime Support will be offered for $1,199 for
a 2 CPU system per year and $1,999 for a system with unlimited CPU's.
Oracle and Linux
Oracle has been a long-standing, key contributor to the Linux
community. Oracle produced its first commercial Linux database in 1998.
Since that time Oracle has worked steadily to improve the experience of all
Linux users. Oracle's Linux Engineering team is a trusted part of the Linux
community, and has made major code contributions such as Oracle Cluster
File System that is now part of Linux kernel 2.6.16. Oracle has been and
will continue contributing Linux related innovations, modifications,
documentation and fixes directly to the Linux community on a timely basis.
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Oracle Unbreakable Linux FAQ
What is Oracle announcing?
Oracle is announcing Unbreakable Linux, a support program that provides
enterprises with world-class, award winning, global support for Linux.
Recognizing the demand for true enterprise-quality Linux support and
seeing an opportunity to significantly reduce IT infrastructure costs,
Oracle is now offering Linux operating system support. Oracle is committed
to delivering high quality, comprehensive, and integrated support solutions
to help ensure enterprise success with the Linux operating system.
What is Oracle delivering with Unbreakable Linux?
Driven by enterprise customer requirements, Oracle will provide the
following for Linux server deployments:
-- Patches, fixes, updates, and back ports for Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 (RHEL3) and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 (RHEL4) releases, delivered via a
subscriber network, the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN).
-- Three levels of Linux support to choose from
-- Network -- software, including updates;
-- Basic -- 24x7 global support;
-- Premier -- 24x7 global support with back ports and Oracle Lifetime
-- Support for customers, existing or prospective, regardless of
whether or not they are using Oracle products.
How can Oracle provide enterprise-quality support for Linux while
For decades, Oracle has been supporting customers' enterprise-class
software deployments for the most mission critical data centers in the
world. As the industry's leading enterprise support provider, Oracle
-- 7000+ support professionals with 24x7 global coverage;
-- Support in 27 local languages;
-- 400,000 knowledge solutions;
-- Dedicated Linux engineering team;
-- Comprehensive testing and optimization of Linux with third-party
hardware, storage, networking, and drivers;
-- Support for the entire software stack running on Linux including
enterprise applications, middleware, database and the operating system;
-- Services and expertise for installation, configuration and full
Linux stack deployment.
Oracle's support of Linux offers confidence to customers to move to a
commodity platform and lower their cost.
Why is Oracle offering Linux support?
Oracle has a long-standing history of offering standards-based
computing choice while lowering the cost of infrastructure for customers.
We believe that true enterprise quality support for Linux is something that
our customers want. Oracle is deeply committed to accelerating the growth
of the Linux platform as a viable low cost alternative for enterprises.
Delivering high quality Linux support and advancing Linux technology is
critical to the success of the Linux platform.
How does Oracle work with the Linux community?
Oracle is committed to developing, supporting, and promoting Linux.
Oracle has been a key contributor to the Linux community for many years,
including major code contributions such as Oracle Cluster File System that
is now part of Linux kernel 2.6.16. Oracle's Linux Engineering team is a
trusted part of the Linux community and several Oracle employees are Linux
mainline maintainers. Oracle will continue contributing Linux-related
innovations, modifications, documentation and fixes directly to the Linux
community on a timely basis. We will strive to set the standard for
collaborating with the Linux community.
Oracle puts tremendous effort into testing Linux to run well in the
enterprise. Oracle's Linux test lab uses many test kits that are based on
real customer workloads to test and stress Linux for performance,
reliability, scalability and high availability. The results of these
testing efforts make their way into the Linux kernel as bug fixes and new
enhancements, thereby making Linux better for our customers.
How much do I pay for Linux support from Oracle?
Oracle's pricing for Linux support is simple.
Annual price per Annual price per
system with up to system with unlimited
2 physical CPUs physical CPUs
and Source Free Free Free installable Linux
binaries and source
will be available
Network Support $99 $99 Access to software and
updates through the
Basic Support $399 $999 Network access plus
24x7 support with
Premier Support $1,199 $1,999 Network access, 24x7
support with global
coverage, plus back
port of fixes to
earlier releases as
well as Oracle Lifetime
Please see the pricing guide for further details.
Do customers need to be concerned about IP ownership issues?
Oracle is committed to the success of the Linux platform and will stand
behind our support offering by providing indemnification against
intellectual property claims raised against our customers.
Which hardware platforms does Oracle support?
Oracle supports x86 and x86-64 architecture based hardware running on
Linux. All hardware platforms that are certified by Red Hat for RHEL3 and
RHEL4 for x86 and x86-64 architectures are supported by Oracle.
What happens to third party application certification if I start using
Oracle's Linux Support?
You can continue to use any ISV application that has been certified for
use with RHEL3 and RHEL4. Oracle will offer support for the operating
system running underneath applications that have been certified with these
versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
What is the transition plan for current Oracle customers using Oracle's
original Unbreakable Linux support?
For all Oracle customers, Oracle is offering a free trial period for
Linux support starting from October 25, 2006 and ending on Jan. 31, 2007.
Any Oracle customer with any current support contract can receive free
Enterprise Linux Premier support from Oracle until Jan 31st, 2007. In order
to continue receiving Linux support from Oracle beyond Jan 31, 2007, the
customer will need to sign up with Oracle to receive support.
What is the transition path for existing Red Hat and Novell Linux
Transition is very easy. Existing Red Hat and Novell Linux customers
that move to the Unbreakable Linux support program may receive credit for
the remainder of their existing support contract. For example, if a Red Hat
customer has a support contract expiring on July 1, 2008 and the customer
purchases a three year Enterprise Linux Premier Support contract on March
1, 2007 as a replacement, then the customer will be entitled to support
under their Oracle contract from March 1, 2007 through July 1, 2011, three
years after the customer's Red Hat contract expires. Please see Linux
support policies for important information regarding this offer.
From a technical perspective, for systems where RHEL3 or RHEL4 are
installed, customers need to only download the "up2date" program from
Oracle, and run that program on each system. No reinstall is necessary.
From that point on, the customer will receive bug fixes and new versions
through Oracle's Unbreakable Linux Network. For systems where other
distributions or other Red Hat versions are installed, Oracle will provide
a migration guide, and Oracle Consulting Services offers an Unbreakable
Linux Migration Strategy Service.
Is Oracle offering any promotional discounts?
Yes. Oracle is offering a 50% discount for Enterprise Linux Basic and
Premier Support until January 31, 2007. During that time customers may
purchase Basic Support for $299 (two physical CPUs) and $499 (unlimited
physical CPUs) per system annually, and Premier Support for $399 (two
physical CPUs) and $999 (unlimited physical CPUs).
Will Oracle continue to support other operating systems?
Yes. Oracle has a thirty-year history of supporting Oracle products on
numerous popular operating systems. Unbreakable Linux does nothing to
decrease our commitment to other operating systems such as Windows, other
distributions of Linux, or Unix environments.
Will Oracle continue to support customers that are using Oracle
products on Red Hat RHEL, Novell SLES, and Asianux?
Yes. Oracle is fully committed to all of its customers that have
deployed or will deploy Oracle products on other Linux distributions that
are currently supported, including Red Hat, Novell and Asianux. We will
continue to certify and offer support for Oracle products running on these
Linux distributions. For operating system issues, users will need to work
with their vendor.
How do I get more information and sign up for Linux support from
To get more information, visit oracle.com/linux
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