NetworkWorld has an interesting take on Oracle’s announcement of their “new” Linux kernel, which supposedly has amazing new features not found in Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), which is, otherwise, the underlying source code for their own Unbreakable Linux.
The truth, according to the article, is that Oracle is still using RHEL for the other parts of their distribution but has slapped the latest Linux kernel on top of it, allowing it to support hardware, like solid state drives, that RHEL will not support until version 6 is released. Instead of admitting this, Oracle is making it seem like they have developed their own version of the Linux kernel.
On a side note, every time I use OpenOffice.org or Virtualbox and see Oracle’s logo where Sun’s used to be, it gives me chills. I don’t know why, but something about Oracle doesn’t sit right with me. Maybe their low blow tactics to compete with Red Hat are just the beginning.