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  • Oracle Linux 7 Released Today As Its RHEL7 Clone

    Phoronix: Oracle Linux 7 Released Today As Its RHEL7 Clone

    In case you didn't hear already, Oracle announced the release of Oracle Linux 7 as the latest version of its Linux OS cloned from the open-source Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 code-base...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTc0ODc

  • #2
    Oh the irony!

    "the only major enterprise Linux distribution that publishes all bug fixes and security errata publicly"

    Yes, because the other major enterprise Linux distribution got tired of Oracle taking advantage of their work (see http://lwn.net/Articles/430098/).

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    • #3
      it's linux, you are supposed to take advantage of other people's work and in turn have people take advantage of your own ...

      ... and hey at least you don't need to be a paid subscriber (??) to be able to download and use this rhel 7 clone... the btrfs thing and hardened kernel seem like good ideas

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Pallidus View Post
        ... and hey at least you don't need to be a paid subscriber (??) to be able to download and use this rhel 7 clone...
        If you want to use OEL you need to register on the Oracle website.
        If you want to use CentOS or SL, you just have to download it directly...

        Originally posted by Pallidus View Post
        the btrfs thing and hardened kernel seem like good ideas
        btrfs is also included in RHEL 7 as a Technology Preview.
        OK, OEL supports btrfs officialy, but... the Oracle "Unbreakable" kernel is based on a 3.8 kernel, while the stock RHEL kernel is based on the 3.10. So, except if Oracle backported some btrfs stuff from 3.11/3.12/3.13/3.14 kernel, it's maybe safer to use RHEL

        Moreover, there is nothing "hardned" in the "Unbreakable" kernel. There is only some kind of functionnality officialit supported by Oracle in order to improve performance of their porducts. Their is also some default configuration tuning. But that's it.

        And the first (and last) time I tested the Unbreakable kernel I ran into trouble (network breakage with KVM).

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        • #5
          Fuck Oracle

          Fuck Oracle, they have the reverse midas touch, everything they touch turn into shit!

          OpenOffice, Java, MySQL, etc.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by uid313 View Post
            OpenOffice, Java, MySQL, etc.
            From a technology stand point, they have done reasonably well with Java. They got more direct vendor participation including IBM and Red Hat via the OpenJDK project and they are doing regular releases etc. From a legal perspective, the dispute with Google was mishandled and in part, that is due to the legacy with Sun. Noone of these projects were managed that well even before the Oracle takeover but the acquisition hasn't helped and in some instances, made it worse. I think it is just a cultural misfit overall.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by RahulSundaram View Post
              From a technology stand point, they have done reasonably well with Java. They got more direct vendor participation including IBM and Red Hat via the OpenJDK project and they are doing regular releases etc. From a legal perspective, the dispute with Google was mishandled and in part, that is due to the legacy with Sun. Noone of these projects were managed that well even before the Oracle takeover but the acquisition hasn't helped and in some instances, made it worse. I think it is just a cultural misfit overall.
              Yes, it is a cultural misfit.
              Oracle does not understand open source.
              They have too few engineers and too many PHB and lawyers.

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