Larry's "Ellisonix" on the way?

Larry's "Ellisonix" on the way?

Summary: According to Ashlee Vance, Oracle's own distribution of Linux isn't too far off: Wall Street continues to drool over the idea of Oracle producing its own line of Linux software for reasons unclear to us....Last week, Jeffries & Co analyst Katherine Egbert fired off a research note, claiming that "our independent checks in the past two weeks indicate that Oracle seems to be close to introducing its own software 'stack'.

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According to Ashlee Vance, Oracle's own distribution of Linux isn't too far off:

Wall Street continues to drool over the idea of Oracle producing its own line of Linux software for reasons unclear to us....Last week, Jeffries & Co analyst Katherine Egbert fired off a research note, claiming that "our independent checks in the past two weeks indicate that Oracle seems to be close to introducing its own software 'stack'." Rumours have floated for ages that Oracle will craft a Larry Ellison version of Linux to complement its database and other assorted middleware. Such a move would back up CEO Ellison's near constant Red Hat bashing....Ultimately, however, Oracle Linux would be more of a muscle flexing exercise than anything else. The only way to make money off Linux is via services, and Oracle can provide plenty of those whether or not it sells an operating system. 

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  • Oraclix, you mean?

    Dan,

    Posted my thoughts on this a few months back. Only I dubbed it, Oraclix...six versus half dozen though.

    http://woodrow.typepad.com/the_ponderings_of_woodrow/2006/08/oracle_linux_os.html

    J
    Jason Wood
    • Thanks... (I'm David, fyi)

      NT
      dberlind
  • Lunixson

    I couldn't care less about Oracle's move to create its own distro.

    http://one.revver.com/watch/77150/format/flv/affiliate/23672
    nightman45
  • Not quite pointless

    [i]The only way to make money off Linux is via services, and Oracle can provide plenty of those whether or not it sells an operating system. [/i]

    Oracle wouldn't be making money off of Linux, as such -- it would be doing its usual business (databases and related software) with a complete vertical stack that was under its own control.

    Classic use of [i]software libre[/i], actually.

    As it stands, Oracle has to dance with Red Hat to get its software certified for each combination of Oracle and Red Hat -- which eats resources and (at least WRT Red Hat) costs money. Then the customers have to acquire RHEL, which also runs up the TCO. All of this, frankly, to support applications that Oracle sees as at best irrelevant to running their software.

    Since Oracle primarily develops on Linux anyway, it would make sense to roll it all up with the (optimized) system and ship the whole platform. Less duplication, "one neck to choke," quicker time to market, all that.
    Yagotta B. Kidding
    • There is nothing like a turnkey product ...

      In addition to the benefits this would bring for Oracle, it would also mean that many customers would only have to deal with one vendor for their database system. Most customers would prefer this option. It tends to make things simpler. If they have a support issue, they don't have to try to figure out whether the problem belongs to Oracle or to Red Hat. The customers will love this approach, and that is good for Oracle.

      I would suggest that this approach will prove useful for a number of niche products. I am just waiting for the first Linux supported gaming disk that makes any PC into a video console without the need for any OS on board. Between "Knoppix" technology, growing amounts of onboard RAM, growing CPU power and bootable DVD capabilities, the pieces are all in place for some very interesting products that only need hardware, no supporting OS required and no problems with software conflicts, etc. Write once, compile once, and run anywhere on any x86 box! Pretty cool.
      George Mitchell
      • How much is it Ellison hype versus something they'll actually do?

        I remember in the early 90s Ellison was talking about running his database on the "bare metal". Usually this was a way of trying to get the hardware vendors (IBM, Digital, Sun, HP, ...) to try and get "most favorable partner" with him -- which meant getting the hardware vendors' sales reps pushing Oracle.

        If Ellison does finally come out with his own software stack it means that he no longer sees value in the hardware vendors' sales reps pushing his product. He's effectively gone into competition with them.
        __howard__
    • You've got to be kidding

      I am agreeing with you!!

      Did anything just freeze over?
      brittonv
  • It's a Miracle

    For those into trivia, Oracle's Ellison has had his hand in the Linux pie for quite some time--since, would you believe 2000?

    Miracle Linux in Japan.

    Read all about it [url=http://www.itjungle.com/breaking/bn041706-story01.html]here.[/url]
    D T Schmitz