Oracle Linux Review

In Oracle Database shops, Oracle Linux tends to have a little bit higher level of trust among DBAs as the more reliable solution.


Valuable Features

Most people see Linux as just Linux. However, in Oracle Database shops, Oracle Linux tends to have a little bit higher level of trust among DBAs as the more reliable solution.

Improvements to My Organization

I'm at a big Oracle shop right now, and although we do run Oracle Linux, it's not to the exclusion of another Linux flavor. We're standardized on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server because it tends to be cheaper.

Room for Improvement

Oracle Linux tends to be a little buggy and sluggish at the virtualization layer. It's been my experience that probably about 85 to 90% of the time certain features are about three-quarters baked. I don't like that.

Deployment Issues

We've had no issues with deployment really, except for that bugginess and sluggishness at the virtualization layer.

Stability Issues

There are those bugs at the virtualization layer, though it's overall generally stable.

Scalability Issues

I've not had to experience scaling it at that level because I don't do a lot of architecture work. I don't see an issue with scalability, though.

Customer Service and Technical Support

If you've got a problem with Oracle Linux, because it's an Oracle product, you log a ticket. I've never had to log a ticket, but it should be a straightforward process.

Previous Solutions

Compared with my many, many years of experience in the commercial UNIX world, if we had a problem or didn't know how to fix a particular issue, we called IBM. With SLES, we just referred to the many different resources available.

Other Advice

If they decide they want to have all the tools, if you have to have the support and if the DBA's are calling the shots that, you know, it's a big Oracle shop and they decide they want to have all Oracle Linux and maybe there was a deal cut and maybe they got a better deal from them than they got from Novell who own SLES.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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