Don't care who wins, but I know who loses!!! I'm just extremely happy contenders are in the ring, and with Tux in each corner (mmmm...goodbye 90's!).
This article should be titled "FUCK YOU MICROSOFT!"
While Red Hat is trumpeting that it wants to be the "undisputed" OpenStack market leader, its rivals Canonical and Oracle have teamed up to ensure that each's Linux distro plays well with the other's OpenStack implementation, even though they also compete. "As we have said in the past, while Oracle provides solutions for …
What customers want out of OpenStack is the ability to switch vendors and the competition that creates. If they didn't care about avoiding vendor lock-in, then they would just go with one of the proprietary vendors and prepare for a wallet-ectomy a few years down the road once the market graduates from the "growth" to the "monetize" stage.
Canonical and Oracle have the right idea from the customer perspective. The reason that Red Hat isn't joining in is because they think they can use their name to walk away with the market. I'm not sure that will work in this market though.
The key for customers in the long run is a combination of what "support" actually means when the rubber hits the road and who is most likely to try and fleece them eventually.
Can Canonical and Oracle actually provide effective support for the hypervisor - or any other level of the stack - when something goes wrong given their limited to non-existent engineering investment in the relevant upstream projects?
Will Oracle expand this newly discovered sense of "openness" to their database cash cow where for many years the only formally supported Linux-based virtualization solutions have been Oracle's?
This reads like FUD. This came up a few months ago about Red Hat not supporting other versions of OpenStack, that has nothing to do with RHEL running as an instance on another distro of OpenStack.
It's like complaining that Microsoft won't support the VMware infrastructure your SQL server is running on.