Today at LinuxWorld, Oracle
unleashed its latest work to the open source community.Last April Oracle made a renewed commitment to beef up its enterprise offerings
, a promise ripened by its long-held acquisition of Stellent
With regard to contributing to enterprise content management, Oracle has certainly kept to that commitment, if not quite on the document management
front (Stellent's one-time specialty). Rather, Oracle has been instrumental in making open source technology more mainstream, particularly in enterprise circles, turning Linux -- once the unspoken territory of hacker kind -- into a more white-collar-friendly commodity.
According to InfoWorld, a number
of Linux-ready products on the Oracle assembly line will also boast GPL v2 accreditation. This will free clients to do essentially what they like with the software: copy it, modify, reuse, share and ultimately redistribute it.
There isn't currently word on whether the Linux kernel plans to update to GPL v3, one reason why Oracle licenses everything under v2.
One such product in the make is Btrfs, the alpha-grade file system developed by Chris Mason of Oracle. This makes it easier to manage and scale massive amounts of stored information. It's also able to capture flexy snapshots of data, a feature Linux currently lacks.
Oracle also mentioned it has added six additional Validated Configurations, and previewed its nouvelle Authentication Services for Operating Systems at LinuxWorld. The preview version currently only supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Oracle's own Enterprise Linux.
Having marked itself a clear contender to Red Hat with its Unbreakable Linux, made available in October, Oracle's generally good working relationship with the open source world has been a steady and upward climb. It first released a Linux-ready database in 1998.
Nothing like providing support for a strongman you hope to bring down. Unbreakable Linux provides users with full support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux distribution at significantly lower cost. And clout certainly helps: in June, the EMC E-Lab tested and qualified
the Oracle Enterprise Linux technology for EMC platforms and software.
While Oracle remains mum on the number of adopters (or converts) it's pulled into the Unbreakable fold, the company maintains it's doing well.