Oracle have

released a list of validated Linux configurations.  These configurations

have been tested and validated–they include pre-tested hardware,

software and configuration guidelines, as well as documented best

practices.  Oracle finds that many support issues are due to systems

being incorrectly configured; by providing recommended configurations it

is hoped that a large number of these issues are avoided, therefore

reducing support costs.

The validated configurations obviously only involve Oracles stragic

partners–on the hardware front this is not too restrictive (Dell, EMC,

HP, IBM, Network Appliance, Sun), however this does mean that when it

comes to choosing an underlying Linux distribution customers are limited

to Red Hats’ Enterprise Linux or Novells’ Suse Linux Enterprise Server;

this is obviously because they are commercially supported systems.

The current validated configurations can be found here.  A full press release is also available.