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Posted Mar 17, 2003

Linux turf wars hot up as Oracle shuns Red Hat

By Staff


Database heavyweight Oracle has announced it is to provide technical support to customers who are using open-source software from UnitedLinux, a consortium of second-tier Linux companies.

Oracle said it plans to work with UnitedLinux to identify technical-support problems and streamline the process of addressing those issues. It will service customers who have a support contract for Oracle products and who maintain an operating system support contract with any of the UnitedLinux members. The move is likely to be seen in some quarters as a blow to Red Hat Linux.

UnitedLinux is a four-company consortium made up of SuSE, the SCO Group, Turbolinux and Conectiva, which teamed up to present a single front against Red Hat's dominance in the industry.

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