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Oracle Releases Linux 6.2 With Driver Upgrades

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The operating system is offered for both x86-32 and x86-64 processors and ships with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel version 2.6.32-300.3.1.el6uek as well as the Red Hat Compatible Kernel version 2.6.32-220.el6. Both Kernels are installed by default.

The new release updates version 6.1, which was published on June 1. The software comes with 16 network driver updates as well as a dozen storage driver upgrades.

Oracle Linux is made available as a free download, requires, however a paid service contract with Oracle. Oracle customers can download the operating system here. According to the company, the operating system is designed to deliver enterprise features and is claimed to be 75 percent faster than RHEL. Oracle also states that its Linux versions "provides data integrity, better security, and improved application uptime" as well as "zero downtime patching".

According to the company, there are about 8000 enterprise customers who are using this Linux distribution.

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    HansVonOhain , December 20, 2011 7:22 PM
    To be honest, this is the first time I hear about this version of Linux.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , December 20, 2011 8:01 PM
    HansVonOhainTo be honest, this is the first time I hear about this version of Linux.


    Me too :D  So, unbreakable kernel... how much they wanna bet I'll "break it"? :D  A careless tweak to initramfs and a kernel update today cost me 30 minutes of my time; ANYTHING is breakable :lol: 
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    in_the_loop , December 20, 2011 9:19 PM
    HansVonOhainTo be honest, this is the first time I hear about this version of Linux.


    Yeah, "Linux 6.2", they must really be ahead of the curve while the rest of us is using Linux 3.1, at best...
    (A big fail in the headline).

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    kcorp2003 , December 20, 2011 10:44 PM
    I mingle with this operating system before. Love that monitoring Individual Host feature.
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    NITROGEnarcosis , December 20, 2011 11:11 PM
    in_the_loopYeah, "Linux 6.2", they must really be ahead of the curve while the rest of us is using Linux 3.1, at best...(A big fail in the headline).


    The 6.2 is in reference to Red Hat Enterprise Linux ver. 6.2 which Oracle is basing their distro off of. These distros are all still running 2.6.x kernels; no bleeding edge software for production systems.
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    phatboe , December 21, 2011 1:01 AM
    epic title fail
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    phatboe , December 21, 2011 1:01 AM
    epic title fail
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    achoo2 , December 21, 2011 5:51 AM
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    Oracle Linux is made available as a free download, requires, however a paid service contract with Oracle.


    Shoddy proofreading. Very shoddy.
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    sissysue , December 21, 2011 1:00 PM
    Definitely geared toward business, I'll stick with my Ubuntu.
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    mayne92 , December 21, 2011 2:08 PM
    achoo2Shoddy proofreading. Very shoddy.

    How is it shoddy proofreading? I haven't tried this particular flavor but I'm quite sure this works just like RHEL where they let you download and install the OS for FREE but after so many days you have to pay for a contract to continue getting "updates"...but free to continue using without being up-to-date. So really the author is correct...

    Reminds me of the reason why Red Hat has recently 'obfuscated' their kernel source to try and make it harder for downstream vendors to easily see what changes were made to it...basically what Oracle does to compete - offering "Red Hat compat. kernel" as part of their subscription.