Oracle Linux 7 released

Oracle Linux 7 released

Summary: Oracle has released its clone of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.


Oracle has supported Linux almost from day one. But it wasn't until 2006, when Larry Ellison got into a disagreement with Red Hat, that Oracle decided it had to have its "own" Linux distribution — a Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) clone, Oracle Linux. It's eight years later, and Oracle is still copying RHEL with its release of Oracle Linux 7.

Oracle Linux
Oracle Linux

Like the newly released RHEL 7, Oracle Linux 7 features XFS, Btrfs, Linux Containers (LXC), DTrace, Xen enhancements, and OpenStack cloud support.

Borrowing another page from Red Hat's book, Oracle now has a partnership with OpenStack integrator Mirantis. Red Hat and Mirantis have been working together on RHEL and OpenStack since 2013.

The one major difference between RHEL 7 and Oracle Linux 7 is that the commercial version of the Oracle distribution supports Ksplice, a program that enables administrators to apply Oracle or RHEL security updates to the Linux kernel without requiring a reboot.

Oracle acquired the open source Ksplice in 2011 and promptly made it available only for Oracle Linux and RHEL. Since then, other "no-reboot patch" Linux programs such as KernelCare and kpatch have appeared. These other programs aren't as mature as Ksplice at this point.

On the business side, like CentOS, Red Hat's "official" clone, Oracle Linux is available for free downloads and distribution. If you want support, though, you'll need to buy a Oracle Linux Support contract.

While Oracle's never done that well with its Linux distribution — by their own admission, they have no more than 12,000 customers — the company thinks Oracle Linux offers users a good deal.

In prepared notes, Wim Coekaerts, Oracle's senior vice president of Linux and Virtualization Engineering, said “With Oracle Linux 7, users have more freedom to choose the technologies and solutions that best meet their business objectives. Oracle Linux allows users to benefit from an open approach for emerging technologies, like OpenStack, and allows them to meet the performance and reliability requirements of the modern datacenter.”

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  • why

    • Why

      “New Release Continues the Tradition of Delivering an Operating Platform to Support Business-Critical Applications Across the Data Center and into the Cloud”

      You fanbois are funny.
      • Given Oracle's behaviour with Android

        I will never consider their product.
        • You're not a likely customer

          Oracle markets to professionals only.
          Buster Friendly
        • I think your oracle view gives you an idea

          How us open source guys feel about google's implementation of gnu/linux in android and chrome OS's ;)

          But on track, this article seriously disappointed! What the heck Svjn - I'm used to a bit more meat in the open source articles on here - this could have just been the first couple of paragraphs from the distributions wiki. There's not even an angle to it - like how do the options stack up now cent is part of the red hat family, how do oracle and red hat's support and partner services compare? There's more information on distrowatch.

          Sorry to complain, but as stated in the article - it is free to download and try. Maybe a review is coming?
    • Combined service plan

      It's good if you want to combine your support plans with other products like Oracle Applications and DBMS. Solaris is really a superior OS option but who really cares about the OS in the VM era?
      Buster Friendly
      • I used to have a Solaris system on my desk

        Loved having a SPARC Station actually.
        • Intel too

          Solaris for Intel is pretty good too. I miss having SMF, RBAC, and ZFS but the licensing cost doesn't really justify it unless you're doing large scale. The VMware cluster does most of the management work these days.
          Buster Friendly
  • Oracle Linux 7

    Where may I find out if my desired programs are compatible with
    this OS?? I am thoroughly sick of Microsoft's attitude to the suckers that are force fed their crap.
    ie Serif X7 programs, FilterForge 4, and PhotoZoom Pro 5,

    be grateful for any replies
    Old Coot 2
    • Not for you

      This is Oracle's supported version of the Redhat server platform. It doesn't sound like it's for you.
      Buster Friendly
    • In general...

      Any program compiled for Linux will work on any distro with the same or newer versions of glibc and other system libraries used by the program. Probably, anything compiled for a recent (meaning in the last 5 years or so) Fedora, CentOS, or RHEL will run on Oracle's offering (except for perhaps the latest-and-greatest Fedora). But most Linux distros come with a wide variety of packages, which means you probably wouldn't need to sideload very much.
      John L. Ries
      • Assuming of course...

        ...same architecture (Linux is a lot more flexible in that way than either Windows or OSX).
        John L. Ries
        • False of course

          It seems like the existence of Windows RT would make that obvious but there have been a number architectures over the years. It depends on demand.
          Buster Friendly
          • Windows can be compiled for multiple architectures...

            ...but rarely is; and it's MS' decision as to whether or not to offer ports, whereas anyone with the knowledge can assemble a Linux distro for a non-x86 platform.
            John L. Ries
          • Windows RT != Windows

            But any given Linux distro on ARM, IA32/64, Sparc, or whatever, is equal to the same distro on x86.
            That, I believe, is what John is saying.
    • Consumer linux distro

      Most people in your postion would give Ubunut or Linux Mint a try and see what applications are available. You can also run many Windows applications using Crossover or Wine
      • But why

        Why do you want to bother with a horrible UI like Ubuntu and then still have to jump through hoops to run what you need. Just get Windows and run Cygwin if it's the command that floats your boat.
        Buster Friendly
        • With X...

          you get a choice of desktops. I rather like XFCE myself (but I've never used Unity and therefore cannot comment on it). This, by the way, is true of any system that uses the X Window System as its GUI, not just Linux.
          John L. Ries
        • Buster Friendly: "Just get Windows and run Cygwin ..."

          Did you read what the OP posted?

          "I am thoroughly sick of Microsoft's attitude to the suckers that are force fed their crap.
          ie Serif X7 programs, FilterForge 4, and PhotoZoom Pro 5"

          The OP clearly does not want to use Windows. He will either install and run the listed Windows applications in Linux via Wine/CrossOver or will find open source alternatives that meet his needs.
          Rabid Howler Monkey
      • Re: Crossover or Wine....

        Both are still very hit and miss and no substitute for running Windows in a virtual environment.