Questions raised over Oracle Linux

Oracle’s Unbreakable Linux venture has come under fire with a financial analyst claiming the firm has yet to make its mark on the operating system.

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By  Administrator Published  March 7, 2007

Oracle’s Unbreakable Linux venture has come under fire with a financial analyst claiming the firm has yet to make its mark on the operating system.

First Albany analyst Mark Murphy wrote in a research report last week that the enterprise software giant has yet to land any large customers with its Unbreakable Linux support for the Red Hat OS, and was “struggling with code quality and stability issues”.

“While Oracle has alluded to garden-variety customer ‘endorsements’, it has not yet provided any concrete examples of meaningful, large-scale, in-production customer successes,” Murphy stated.

“Contacts state that Oracle has internally announced a couple hundred customer deployments, consisting of mostly small customers,” he added.

Murphy even questioned if demand for the service would ever materialise.

“In our opinion, [Unbreakable Linux] is likely to go the way of the Oracle Collaboration Suite: a huge blast of fanfare at the time of announcement and then a steady slide into complete obscurity and Oracle changing the subject whenever it comes up,” he concluded.

The analyst’s comments follow on from a warning by IBM that it will not guarantee to customers its programs would work on Oracle’s version of Red Hat’s OS.

The problems Oracle is experiencing with its Linux variant are in stark contrast to the picture painted by CEO and chairman Larry Ellison when he launched the service last October at the vendor’s annual OpenWorld event, claiming the firm was doing so due to popular demand.

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