Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

There is no Oracle Linux

Filed under
Linux

Repeat after me: "There is no Oracle Linux." I don't care how many times you hear stock analysts say that Oracle is about to launch its own Linux. It's just not going to happen.

The latest example of wishful thinking comes from Jefferies & Co. analyst Katherine Egbert, who wrote on October 13, "Our independent checks in the past two weeks indicate that Oracle seems to be close to introducing its own software 'stack.'"

Jefferies, an investment bank, then cut its price target on Red Hat from $24 to $21. Red Hat's stock price then fell more than 7 percent that day. Since then it's been continuing to fall.

This is, by my count, the third time that the "Oracle is going to come out with its own Linux" rumor has surfaced. And, of course, there have been variations on the theme, such as: Oracle is going to buy Red Hat, Novell, or Ubuntu.

I've had enough of this nonsense. Oracle isn't going to buy a Linux company to make its own distribution, and the company isn't going to make its very own Linux.

Here are my latest reasons why this is science-fiction.

Full Story.

Oracle Isn't a Linux Company

I'm usually not one for bashing analysts, but a recent report from Jefferies & Co. -- which suggests that Oracle will soon enter the Linux business -- borders on the preposterous.

My problem isn't with analyst Katherine Egbert's sources, or her conclusion that Oracle is talking with the makers of Ubuntu Linux about working more closely together. My problem is that she believes the collaboration could result in an Oracle-branded Linux appliance. Frankly, I think that's crazy.

Oracle has built a thriving network of third parties that help it to deliver software. A Linux appliance might as well be a Linux server in that it would have to at least be able to run Oracle's core database applications. And that, naturally, would pit Larry against his best server allies. I refuse to believe Ellison is that stupid.

More likely to me is Egbert's second thesis, which says that Oracle could bundle Ubuntu Linux in a stack of software designed to run on any server.

And yet I find even this scenario somewhat difficult to believe.

Full Story.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

More in Tux Machines

Simplicity Linux 15.7 Officially Released, Based on LXPup and Linux Kernel 4.1 LTS

As reported at the beginning of July, David Purse, the developer of the Simplicity Linux distribution, announced the release and immediate availability for download of the final version of his Simplicity Linux 15.7 operating system on July 30, 2015. Read more

qBittorrent Open Source Torrent Downloader Gets Massive WebUI Improvements, More

The qBittorrent project announced on the first day of August 2015 that the second maintenance release of their cross-platform and open-source BitTorrent client, qBittorrent 3.2, is available for download with major improvements. Read more

Android Headliner: Chinese Handsets Need Better Software

That being said, Chinese OEMs have been known for pretty poor quality products for quite some time. Many of them still are, but a number of China-based OEMs improved in that regard, a lot. Manufacturers like Xiaomi, Huawei and Meizu have great hardware, and they’ve also improved a lot on the software front, but some other, smaller companies have real issues on the software side of things. Don’t get me wrong though, not all of them have such issues, but a number of them just can’t get that part right. Many of us in the tech business actually appreciate stock Android and what it brings to the table, and luckily, many of these smaller companies don’t skin Android all that much. Why is that a good thing? Well, the performance tends to be good for the most part, and the UI also looks really great. So, what’s wrong then? Well… read on. Read more

Lava goes the Android One way with Pixel V1

Indian mobile phone manufacturer, Lava, has introduced the Pixel V1, an Android One device at a price of Rs.11, 350 in collaboration with Google. The Pixel V1 has been developed by close coordination between product R&D teams at Lava & Google. Aimed at those users who have value for money in mind, Lava has provided the right hardware specifications and the promise of the Android One platform making Pixel V1 a solid offering. Read more