Quoting Breno Gomes (brenogomes at iolfree.ie):
[stepping in, for a moment]
> Hi Rory,
>> I am not familiar with CentOS at all, but your point makes sense from
> the technical point of view.
>> It is not my intention to ignite a battle for distros. The main reason
> is the accountability for problems. Even though CentOs may be a perfect
> clone of RHEL, Oracle will support its own software only instead of
> providing full support for both components. For complex systems it may
> be a major concern.
Your point is very well taken, and I'm sure will be taken in the helpful
I mean no disrespect to your firm or its product when I add that Oracle
RDBMS is pretty much the extreme outlier case, where distribution
dependencies are concerned. No other application of my experience is
quite so specific in its needs, and a prudent business user of that
produce will, indeed (in my view), follow your advice and stick to
I've managed to wrestle Oracle RDBMS (in the past) onto some unlikely
Linux platforms in the past, including Debian, but that was more to see
if it could be done than for practical reasons.
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