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How to respond like a grown up

Here you can read Oracle Linux it’s product page. Appearantly the way to promote their product is by attacking CentOS Photobucket I actually don’t know what’s more pathetic Photobucket Oracle Linux it’s product page or Oracle Linux it’s version of Tux.

While Oracle is free to represent their distribution the way they want. I can’t help but think that they don’t have high regards of their target audience of which I am NO part,  thank you very much Photobucket

Anyway, eventhough Oracle attacks CentOS, it’s believed that the real aim is Red Hat. Sounds tinfoil hattish to you? Take a look at the Red Hat’s response to Oracle’s “Unbreakable” Linux.

Yes kids, this is how we grown ups do business Photobucket Next time your Mum tells you to play nice, ignore her.

Btw, here is a pdf file of the current Oracle’s “Unbreakable” Linux page, just in case Oracle might change it in something more proffesional. Yes, I’m nice like that Photobucket!

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Why I won’t use Oracle Linux

Unlike a lot of people, I don’t hate Oracle. Hell, one of my exes had a management position there. So my reasoning won’t be limited to a “F*ck Oracle” like you can read here. Nah, I’ll do much better, I am going to give you a “tl;dr” explanation. So sit tight, you are not going anywhere for a while Photobucket

In order to get a a copy you have to register first. When I want something, I want it NOA! I don’t want to fill in a tedious registration form. Especially if the alternatives, like CentOS, offer their distribution without having to register first Photobucket

It’s not really free, registration requires way too much personal information for a free product. We all know that such data is worth a quite a lot. Btw, I love how Oracle’s registration forms states that they prefer you use your bussines e-mail for registration, but of course you guys at Oracle do Photobucket

This might be me wearing a tinfoil hat, but since data mining is where the money is. I wonder what else Oracle might be collecting about me, when I use their distribution. Like what packages I’m downlaoding etc. etc. Of course this data mining will be hidden in the user agreement behind a line like “in order to give you the best consumer experience and/or best customer support”.

Oracle insults their future users intelligence, they market their product as unbreakable. Puh-lease Photobucket If you know about Oracle Linux, chances are you are not new to Linux. Since they compair theirselves to CentOS here, it is safe to assume Oracle isn’t aiming at newbies at all. I think that any experienced CentOS user can break Oracle’s “Unbreakable” Linux within minutes. Hell, even I could do that, just give me 5 minutes in xorg.conf Photobucket

Last but not least, Oracle had a US$ 37.1 billion revenue so far this year. And yet, it wasn’t enough Photobucket to hire a decent graphic designer who could do so much better then this:

Oh, for heaven’s sake!!!!  A US$ 37.1 billion revenue and you guys come up with thisPhotobucket

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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?