Oracle is to support a version of Linux based on Red Hat Linux to give users a stable open source platform for Oracle products and other software.
The company will offer an Unbreakable Linux programme to Linux users starting at £53 per system per year. Oracle said it would undertake maintenance and patch updates of the Red Hat source code.
Oracle chief corporate architect Edward Screven said, "We will maintain compatibility with Red Hat Linux." He said Oracle would update the Linux operating system code every time Red Hat distributed a new version.
"All we add are bug fixes, which are immediately available to Red Hat and the rest of the community."
Key to Oracle's support plan is offering users a way to standardise on a version of Red Hat without needing to upgrade to the latest edition each time the operating system requires patching.
Oracle chief executive Larry Ellison said, "We believe that better support and lower support prices will speed the adoption of Linux, and we are working closely with our partners to make that happen."
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