Gartner Research

What You Need to Know About Oracle Linux

Published: 10 March 2011

ID: G00211204

Analyst(s): George J. Weiss


Since 2006, Oracle has been trying unsuccessfully to break the lock of Red Hat and Novell on the Linux market. With recent changes in Red Hat Enterprise Linux pricing, Gartner clients are asking about Oracle Linux more frequently, especially concerning mission-critical applications.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • What is the OS server market environment among the leading Linux distributors?
  • What are Oracle's Linux products?
  • Why doesn't Oracle have a larger share of the Linux market?
  • Do the costs to move from Red Hat to Oracle Linux present costly switching barriers?
  • What makes the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel unique, and will it break application compatibility?
  • What is the compatibility between Oracle Linux and Red Hat's RHEL?
  • Does Oracle maintain bug-for-bug compatibility with RHEL on bug fixes?
  • Are there other compatibility concerns?
  • Does Oracle's support of RHEL involve a contractual agreement with Red Hat?
  • How safe is an investment in Oracle Linux over the long term?
  • Can Red Hat prevent Oracle from breaching Red Hat accounts so IT departments can run them both?
  • Can Red Hat prevent Oracle from switching users to Oracle Linux on the RHEL kernel?
  • How do the pricing schemes of Red Hat and Oracle compare?

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