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Oh, Screw SCO

Oh, Screw SCO

In a move that will irritate Red Hat no end, Oracle Thursday extended the mantle of Unbreakable Linux to United Linux, the SuSE-led consortium composed of the four Red Hat wannabes, Conectiva, Turbolinux, SuSE itself of course and the new industry pariah, the SCO Group, whose participation in United Linux would be dangling by a thread right now if they could figure out how to cashier it for suing IBM.

SuSE CEO Richard Siebt, who is distancing himself all he can from SCO by publicly and repeatedly disapproving of its course of action, claims to be unconcerned by SCO?s contention that IBM ripped off its IP and put it in Linux and says the United Linux code won't be reviewed for improprieties because the rules have been followed since the beginning, a point that someday may need to be proved.

Anyway, this Unbreakable Linux business, a distinction Red Hat has had to itself for the last nine months or so, basically means that Oracle will provide tier 1, 2 and 3 support for United Linux customers running its stuff, in other words, creating a single point of contact for both the OS and the database.

In United Linux' mouth, Oracle's recognition clearly makes United Linux number two in the market behind Red Hat and is basically a keeper despite widespread skepticism it could last.

Unbreakable support will be available to customers who have an Oracle support contract as well as an operating system support contract with any of the four United Linux founders. It will come from Oracle Support Services. Oracle and United Linux (read SuSE) are supposed to ensure any fixes and patches make it into future releases. It means forming a joint problem-solving team.

Any relevant Oracle code, by the way, is supposed to be released under the GPL.

The arrangement follows on the heels of Oracle certifying United Linux 1.0 with both Oracle9i and Oracle9i RAC.

VP David Dargo from Oracle's Linux Program Office said 750,000 copies of Oracle's Linux code have been downloaded since the company started the exercise.

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