Ellison Says Oracle Knows What's Best for Linux

By Renee Boucher Ferguson  |  Posted 10-25-2006

SAN FRANCISCO—Asserting that to win acceptance in big companies Linux requires enterprise-grade support, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said his company would provide full support for Red Hat Linux.

While Oracle will remove the Red Hat trademarks from the Linux it distributes, Ellison denied that this would in any way "fragment" the Linux Market.

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Oracle needs to provide enhanced support for Linux, he contends, because enterprise customers are holding back on implementing Linux with Oracle's Grid computing system because of serious support issues.

"The most serious issue: true enterprise support," said Ellison to a packed-to-the-rafters audience.

"If a customer has an issue with the Linux kernel and a vendor fixes the bug, quite often it's not fixed in the version the customer is running. It's fixed in the future version that's about to come out. You have to upgrade to get the fix. That really is not acceptable to our large customers."

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