Rumours had abounded that Oracle was due to release their own version of the Linux operating system, or was indeed about to buy both JBoss and Novell. The move would have set up a skirmish between Red Hat and Oracle in the Linux arena.
Many have commented that if Oracle were to produce their own Linux OS, it would be difficult for the database software company to compete in that market. Red Hat has invested a considerable amount of time and money building partnerships with hardware manufacturers and software resellers, as well as developing the patches and security updates that make Red Hat Linux the strong product that it is. Nevertheless, Oracle spokesperson Bob Wynne had no comment about the rumours or any plans that the company had for Linux. In the end, anything is possible.