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Oracle Linux

An open and complete operating environment, Oracle Linux delivers virtualization, management, and cloud native computing tools, along with the operating system, in a single support offering. Oracle Linux is 100% application binary compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

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Since 2006, Oracle Linux has been completely free to download and use. Free source code, binaries, and updates. Freely redistributable. Free for production use.

ISV Catalog—Your guide to the Oracle Linux ecosystem

Search the catalog to find information about independent software vendors (ISVs) who have certified their applications to run on Oracle Linux and Virtualization. Applications certified on Oracle Linux run wherever Linux runs—on-premises, in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, and in other clouds.

On-demand webcast: Reducing manual processes in DevOps

Watch this on-demand webcast to learn about Oracle Linux Automation Manager and Automation Engine. Based on the open source AWX and Ansible projects, these tools provide a web-based automation engine with reporting, credentialed role-based access control, workflow automation, and more.

How is Oracle Linux different?

Learn about the value and difference of Oracle Linux and how it helps address some of today's main IT challenges.

Linux Operating System (OS)—Optimize and secure your infrastructure

A Linux OS designed for Hybrid Cloud

The only autonomous OS, Oracle Linux includes the latest open-standards–based virtualization and cloud native tools.

Automated Linux patching without reboot

The only Linux distribution with zero-downtime automated patching for kernel, hypervisor, and critical user-space libraries.

An integrated suite of Linux optimized tools

A complete Linux solution that improves performance of all workloads and is optimized–out of the box–for Oracle software.

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Oracle Linux Support

Oracle Linux, which is 100% application binary compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, is free to download, use, and share. There is no license cost, no need for a contract, and no usage audits. For business-critical infrastructure, consider Oracle Linux Support.


Cost-effective, 24/7 enterprise-grade support

Global, around-the-clock support for Oracle Linux, including Oracle Enterprise Manager, Oracle Linux Manager (formerly Spacewalk), Oracle Clusterware, Oracle Container Runtime for Docker, and more.


  • 24/7 telephone and online support
  • Around-the-clock access to enhancements, updates, and errata
  • Oracle Enterprise Manager for Linux Management
  • Oracle Linux Manager
  • High availability with Oracle Clusterware
  • Oracle Container Runtime for Docker

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Comprehensive operating environment support

Simplify your operations and reduce operating expenses with a single support offering that includes Oracle Linux, virtualization, management, high availability, live patching, cloud native computing tools, and more.


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Move to new releases when you’re ready

Oracle Linux Premier Support for releases 5, 6, 7, and 8 is available for ten years after the release date. After that, support can be extended for an additional three years with Oracle Linux Extended Support, followed by Lifetime Sustaining Support.


  • 24/7 telephone and online support
  • Unlimited service requests
  • Critical security errata and select high-impact bug fixes
  • Premier entitlements

Oracle Linux Support policies (PDF)

Oracle Linux customer successes

Customers are improving security, reducing downtime, simplifying operations, advancing their DevSecOps, and saving money by switching to Oracle Linux.

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Oracle Linux deployment options

August 18, 2021

Announcing Oracle Linux Automation Manager

Available today, Oracle Linux Automation Manager and Oracle Linux Automation Engine, based on the open source AWX and Ansible projects, are included with an Oracle Linux Premier Support subscription—at no additional cost. Together, these new capabilities provide a cost-effective, powerful, web-based automation engine with reporting, credentialed role-based access control, workflow automation, and job scheduling framework for Oracle Linux customers who need modern provisioning, deployment, configuration management, and task automation.

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