(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – Today, news of Oracle acquiring Ksplice means that Oracle has expanded its portfolio concerning its Linux system, Oracle Linux. Ksplice’s program, Uptrack, is notable for assisting Linux users, from various systems with essential upgrades, without requiring a reboot. Thus helping users avoid possible downtimes. A recent press release stated, “Oracle believes it will be the only enterprise Linux provider that can offer zero downtime updates, and expects to make the Ksplice technology a standard feature of Oracle Linux Premier Support.”
While it’s great news for Oracle’s company, what does the change in Ksplice mean for the future of the actual program itself and what is its overall effect on the hosting community? Also, does it mean that Ksplice will only be exclusive to Oracle Linux? The news drew various reactions from those involved in the hosting community.
Commenting on the matter, Kevin Strange of Steadfast Networks (http://www.steadfast.net) stated, “We’re very disappointed with the acquisition of Ksplice by Oracle. Oracle has changed the terms of service, so we must agree not to rely on “the future availability of any programs or updates,” which allows support for our systems to be discontinued without much warning.” Despite whatever Oracle’s intentions may be, it appears that Oracle will continue with its support for Ksplice’s current users, meaning the program will continue to offer support for various other Linux systems.
Meanwhile, the possible change has created the possibility that someone could develop a new platform that could make up for any gaps resulting from the move. Concerning his own company, Steadfast Networks CEO Karl Zimmerman recently stated, “I want to confirm that Steadfast would be more than happy to participate in and sponsor an open source project for the replacement of KSplice. The core code is open source and it seems the main issue is simply replacing the Uptrack portion of it and QA on the kernel changes. I don’t see any reason the community couldn’t do this.” Zimmerman noted he’d love for his company to work on such a project. However, he noted that “our developers are already dedicated to other projects, so we can’t head it, but we’re more than happy to help.”
No matter how Ksplice’s future under Oracle is, it will remain of high interest to the entire Linux community.