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Memo From Novell to Oracle: No Oracle Linux Needed

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Call it an open letter from Novell to Oracle and the broader Linux industry. In a blog post, Novell Director of Linux Appliances Michael Applebaum says the world “doesn’t need a third Linux distro.” Translation: Applebaum is attacking the Oracle Linux initiative. Plus — consciously or not — he’s dismissing potential Novell SUSE Linux rivals like Canonical’s Ubuntu distribution. Here’s what Applebaum had to say, plus The VAR Guy’s perspective.

In his blog entry, Applebaum asserts:

“It’s well known that Novell and Red Hat still rule the roost when it comes to enterprise Linux, but Oracle is trumpeting a new Linux offering that it hopes will improve its fortunes in the Linux market. Will this latest news tilt the market toward Oracle? Industry observers are “totally unimpressed” with this announcement.

Perhaps a better question is: Does the market even need a third Linux distro?”

He goes on to write:

“Novell and Red Hat together held an overwhelming 95% share of Linux revenue, up from 94% the prior year. Oracle did not garner even 1% of the industry’s Linux revenue.”

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