Article from Issue 76/2007

Dear Linux Magazine Reader,

A couple months ago, we heard the news that Oracle will produce

a Red Hat-derived Linux and undersell Red Hat for customer support. This bombshell landed hard and reverberated for about one day, until the news of Novell’s deal with Microsoft washed out all the other competing dramas. Since then, the Novell deal continues to receive more scrutiny and condemnation in the press, but as I’ve mentioned previously, I’m more worried about the long-term effects of Oracle’s profit scheme. Now that Oracle's Unbreakable Linux is up and running, I thought I'd better return to this topic and clarify why I'm so concerned.

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