Red Hat brushes off Oracle Linux rumors

Red Hat Inc has waved away the implications of a potential move by Oracle Corp into the Linux distribution business, maintaining that it is not overly concerned by the possibility.

"Oracle will do, or not do, whatever they've planned," said Tim Yeaton, Red Hat senior VP of worldwide marketing and general manager of products on the recent speculation from investment bank Jefferies and Co that Oracle is about to enter the Linux business.

"In the end we're going to do what the customers want, independently of what Oracle chooses to do," he added, maintaining additionally that there has been no change in the relationship between Red Hat and Oracle in recent months. "In the field and in engineering, our relationship with Oracle is very strong."