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Dell and HP To Sell Oracle Operating Systems 91

Posted by Soulskill
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angry tapir writes "Oracle has announced that rival hardware vendors Dell and Hewlett-Packard intend to certify and resell its Solaris and Enterprise Linux operating systems as well as Oracle VM on their x86 servers. The announcement 'demonstrates Oracle's commitment to openness,' company co-president Charles Phillips said in a statement."
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Dell and HP To Sell Oracle Operating Systems

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  • Good (Score:5, Insightful)

    by slaxative (1867220) on Friday July 30, 2010 @01:03PM (#33086284)
    I don't see why they would not want to make their OS more readily available by allowing other hardware vendors to sell their OS. This makes good business sense.
  • "Demonstrates..." (Score:5, Insightful)

    by John Whitley (6067) on Friday July 30, 2010 @01:05PM (#33086318) Homepage

    demonstrates Oracle's commitment to openness...

    [Pause for evil laughter omitted]

    ...and will provide Dell and HP customers with new levels of support...

  • Re:Hey, Dell (Score:5, Insightful)

    by commodore64_love (1445365) on Friday July 30, 2010 @01:14PM (#33086424) Journal

    Why?

    The Ubuntu laptop would end-up being more expensive (no subsidies from desktop adware or MSN). You're better off buying a cheaper, subsidized laptop with Windoze, and then wiping it with Ubuntu Linux.

  • by Third Position (1725934) on Friday July 30, 2010 @01:38PM (#33086728)

    Don't worry - I suspect you will not have to hear things like that for long. Give it five years, and those products will likely have died a slow, lingering death under the stewardship of Oracle.

  • by hoggoth (414195) on Friday July 30, 2010 @04:45PM (#33089944) Journal

    Solaris isn't what I was talking about, but yes, as it happens I run several file servers on Solaris. Best. System. Ever.

  • Re:Hey, Dell & HP! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by T5 (308759) on Friday July 30, 2010 @09:05PM (#33092260)

    Same deal with a Samsung netbook that I purchased because of its semi-ruggedness (NB30). Out of the box BIOS was junk (ACPI problems, as usual, manifested as dropping keystrokes due to odd, periodic, momentary machine stalls), and the BIOS updater runs only under Windows. You can't even run the BIOS package (.exe) on another machine and manually extract the BIOS - updater recognizes that it's on a different machine and refuses to run.

    Contacting Samsung was an exercise in futility. Tech support kept insisting I run the .exe and also told me that I needed to make sure that I installed the battery level monitor .exe beforehand. The tech support person could not grasp that I was running Linux, not Windows, despite my best efforts to persuade them otherwise. Unbelievable.

    My mistake was not making this a dual boot machine, just to keep Windows around for such work. It's become standard operating procedure for me now to dual boot any machine that's likely to need a BIOS update (Dell, to their credit, is not one of these vendors). And with the tendency of vendors not to include CD/DVD restore media, I'll have to use some other install media to reinstall Windows just to perform what should be a simple BIOS update.

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