Are Platform Vendors Stealing Linux?
Something rather interesting is going on in the Linux enterprise space, something which I think enterprise Linux vendors (and the rest of us) need to pay attention.
It started with a rather quiet announcement on September 14, when Amazon--you know, the book-and-cloud vendor--announced the Amazon Linux AMI for their Elastic Computing Cloud (EC2) service. An AMI, for those not familiar with the term, is how Amazon Web Services refers to a virtual machine on its EC2 network. This new Amazon Linux AMI, then, essentially represents a new Linux distro for the enterprise, albeit one that runs on EC2 only.
At the time, I didn't think much of it, since yet another distro is part and parcel with the Linux lifestyle.
But then Oracle came out with its wacky announcement on Monday of this week: