Had a talk with an Oracle person yesterday
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- Subject: Had a talk with an Oracle person yesterday
- From: Andreas Tille <email@example.com>
- Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2004 07:31:30 +0200 (CEST)
- Message-id: <Pine.LNX.4.61.0409290717520.24950@wr-linux02>
on a Novell-Event in Berlin I had the chance to talk a man at the Oracle booth
and asked him what might be the main problem, why Oracle does not officially
0) We agreed that Google has a lot of answers how to install Oracle on
Debian, but there is no official support.
1) Oracle cares about Market share of a distribution (we agreed that Debian's
market share is hard to measure) and they are not able to support a whole
lot of distributions.
2) Debian does not support stable releases for five years as RedHat or SuSE do.
Those people who always claim that Debian stable is not up to date
might note that at the same time it is not old enough.
IMHO this problem is more or less easy to fix if those companies who
sell Debian support would speak up and guarantee security fixes for older
releases. I guess they might do this anyway but they should it declare
3) I asked whether it might make sense to support LSB instead of a certain
distribution. Because I'm not an LSB expert I was not able to invalidate
the arguments that there are:
- no fixed gcc version
- no fixed glibc version
- no fixed kernel versions and unpredictable patches inside the kernel
(If you ask me than software that depends from certain versions of the
above is not well designed - but I might be wrong here.)
Just to let you know