Quoting Dave O Connor (doc+ilug at redbrick.dcu.ie):
> Yes, but try telling that to the likes of Oracle, who when you tell them that
> you've been very clever and gotten oracle 8i running on RH9, will tell you to
> push off and run it on a supported platform (RH 7.1, for instance).
Oracle RDBMS is a special (and, many of us would say, pathological) case.
Not only does it have kernel dependencies, and dependencies on very
twitchy aspects of very particular glibc versions, but it also pretty
much demands a completely dedicated host. So, fine, they demand one of
a very few specific, certified platforms, and woe unto you if you don't.
The Linux box might as well be regarded, in that case, as an Oracle
appliance, rather than a general-purpose computer. I'm surprised that
Oracle doesn't just ship a certified distribution with the RDBMS.
> It's not always a technological thing.
In that one case, it's a "You're not running a computer at all; you're
running a dedicated appliance for our database" thing.
Generalising from Oracle RDBMS to other Linux software makes as little
sense as generalising from Stephen King to authors in general. Doesn't
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