Red Hat to Oracle – Buzz Off

Remember when Oracle announced that it was going to make its own version of Linux and crush everyone, including Red Hat? Well, taking a cue from its big-mouth CEO, Oracle is just that – a big mouth that doesn’t deliver. Owen Thomas reports that in 30 days since it launched Oracle Linux, a whopping 9,000 copies were downloaded.

Blimey! That’s 300 copies a day! In comparison, SuSE Linux has 170,000 downloads a month, while Red Hat does about 12,500 downloads a day. In fact, Red Hat does more than 300 downloads in the time it takes Larry to get into his plane and fly off to Malibu. Some analysts like Heather Bellini of UBS believe that it might take six months for Red Hat’s business to get impacted.

She and others watching the Linux space are less worried about Oracle, and more about the ongoing integration issues with JBoss. Meanwhile, as third quarter (fiscal 2007) results show, it is a holly jolly Christmas at Red Hat!