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Oracle Buys Ksplice

Oracle today announced that it has acquired Ksplice, Inc., the creator of innovative zero downtime update technology for Linux. The transaction has closed.

The addition of Ksplice's technology will increase the security,reliability and availability of Oracle Linux by enabling customers to apply security updates, diagnostics patches and critical bug fixes without rebooting.

Oracle believes it will be the only enterprise Linux provider that can offer zero downtime updates, and expects to make the Ksplice technology a standard feature of Oracle Linux Premier Support.

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Oh crap

It looks like Oracle's first order of business is to cut off ksplice support for all distros except their own. I'd expect that kind of behavior from microsoft, but Oracle is looking more like the class bully all the time. It's clear that they really intend to play hardball here.

Hopefully alternatives will arise.

re: KSplice

But wait, KSplice is GNU, Linux, FLOSS, FOSS, OSS, Source Code, Stallman blessed software. So can't you just breeze thru the source code and add whatever changes you need? Isn't that the battle cry for all Open Source vs Proprietary software? Who cares what Oracle does, it's Open source man, feel that freedom and let your worries float away.

re: ksplice

Up to this point it's GPL'd, but Oracle can shut Linux users and distributions out from now on. It would require someone to fork and maintain it from here on out. I mean if Oracle didn't have something up its sleeve, why buy it? Why not just use it?

The press release said it all, "Oracle believes it will be the only enterprise Linux provider that can offer zero downtime updates."

but that's the point

But that's the point.

Open Source (at least their drooling fan boys) make a HUGE Point of stating that with Open Source, you get the source code, and with propitiatory software - you don't.

They act like just anyone can breeze thru the code and make it sing and dance to whatever song they want it to.

Except in almost ALL cases, you can't. In this case, as you point out, if someone doesn't fork the code and support it, KSplice as a free ride is over. So any business that bought into the "but it's open source, think of the freedom" BS is screwed if they made KSplice a important part of their business model (or IT Infrastructure, etc).

As to the actual impact from the KSplice deal, if downtime of any sort is unacceptable, you should be running clusters anyways - so downtime for updates/patches/etc is just a matter of doing a rolling update throughout the cluster.

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