That whoever wrote that post is very closed minded, has no problem
condemning something prior to investigation, and perhaps wears a pair of
glasses that only come in one shade.


Oracle is an expensive business application that is expected to be VERY reliable. It's expected to have a high end support infrastructure behind it.

This is why they limit the number of operating systems to a very specific few, that are backed by companies with a reputation. I'm not vouching for them, but most businesses aren't looking to plunk down $50,000 or $100,000 for a database product for their mission critical application, and run it on something that lacks a commercial support infrastructure behind it.

RedHat is the only reason linux has gotten as far as it has in the heavy business and gov't world.

I completely and utterly disagree with the claims made in that post.
I've been using FreeBSD for nearly 10 years, and I vouch for the fact
that FreeBSD has made huge strides during that time. Not only is the OS
mature, but so are the people who write it, maintain it, and advocate it.

While it has, it's still lagging. I can't even get a decent shell from the FreeBSD install CD or boot CD. If the installer fails at getting the first package, after you re-enter the information to try again, it seems to pick up on package #2, skipping the first, which is probably the kernel. I took a hiatus(sp) from FreeBSD and when I came back after spending a bunch of time in the Linux world, I noticed some pretty sore things.

I'm not hating on BSD, I'm still kind of meh about Linux, but I can see why companies do what they do. A small firm webhosting stuff with MySQL is one thing. Large corporations running mission critical databases is another.

I assume Oracle goes through heavy lengths to certify their product on the few OSes they officially support. Probably Solaris, Redhat and their own Linux distro. This is a huge deal to them.

Think of it as an appliance. If you hate Linux, help Solaris. Run your oracle on your Solaris system, and hit it from your FreeBSD system.

I'd be willing to bet there is little to no commercial demand for Oracle on FreeBSD. Heck, look at all the SGI went through with Oracle, and the rumors were that Oracle ran faster than any other platform on IRIX for a while. Oracle wouldn't release it, maybe becuase Ellison and McNealy are BFF or something.



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