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
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
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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