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Oracle dips in the RHEL Clone pool

Which is fine by me, after all competition encourages innovation, right?

From browsing around, I can’t help but feel that when it comes to Oracle Linux, I am the only one with this point of view. There is a lot of unchannelled anger directed at Oracle for offering their own RHEL Clone. Appearantly,  it’s not okay for Oracle to play by the rules of capitalism, like any other company in a free and open Photobucket market.

A lovely quote which I took from here:

I’m looking forward to the day when Oracle will package shit and ask people to buy shit from them because they’re saying it smells like daisies.

Wait, isn’t Apple doing this alreadyPhotobucket

While I get that you can’t be too happy about certain products that are manufactured by a company. I do wonder if it is really necessary to write this on the CentOS forum:

I wouldn’t ever trust Oracle. Whilst they might be right about their technical superiority, their management, sales, marketing and support will shoot the product dead. They will latch onto a few gullable individuals and suck them dry, then try and move on.

Fortunately, I’m no longer legally bound by the NDA they make you sign when you sign a contract with them.

Way to go jerk Photobucket I am pretty sure that fact that you are not legally bound by a NDA anymore, doesn’t make it legal to spill Oracle’s trade secrets. I hope you get caught Photobucket when you decide to do so. I wonder if the people behind CentOS would welcome someone with such an attitude in their team?

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Regarding (possible?) differences between CentOS and Scientific Linux


Wether there is much difference between CentOS and Scientific Linux software wisely, I honestly can’t say. What I do know is that when I googled what the best (free) way to learn RHEL was; I found CentOS to be the most mentioned RHEL clone for this purpose. It was often said that CentOS is a 99% clone of RHEL. Scientific Linux seemed to be the second choice of many.

On the Scientific Linux forums the difference between CentOS and Scientific Linux was described as following:

CentOS is a good project with similar ideas/goals (except that Scientific Linux is a little more relaxed as far as 100% binary compatibility goes compaired to CentOS).

I have no clue what 100% binary compatibility means, other then Scientific Linux is maybe not even trying to be a 99% RHEL clone Photobucket

Yup, this will also be the blog where you can admit that you don’t know Jack sh*t about Linux, but you are going to try it anyway Photobucket

“Brace yourselves, we’re going in a little hot!”

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So what on earth does RHEL stand for?


While browsing blogs and forums about CentOS I came across the acronym RHEL quite a few times. By then I already knew CentOS is an 99% clone of Red Hat, but still the acronym RHEL intrigued me….

It wasn’t untill today while browsing this page I all of sudden got it!!! RHEL stands for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Yup, it took 3 me days to figure that one out Photobucket I would like to point out that when I broke my wrist and dislocated my elbow, I also had a minor concussion. What I am trying to say here is, that I am normally not that slow, really Photobucket

I’ve also noticed that RHEL almost always is accompanied by a number. So how does this number relate to CentOS? Quite simply; CentOS 6 is a clone of RHEL 6, CentOS 5 is a clone of RHEL 5 etc etc.

Why am I diving into CentOS and not RHEL? CentOS is free and RHEL costs a crap load of money.

As you can see this will be the blog about all those Linux questions you NEVER dared to ask (for a good reason) Photobucket