The availability of free updates and errata has significantly increased the popularity of Oracle Linux. According to a recent Gartner Study from March 2013, Oracle Linux is placed in the top three
in the Linux server operating system market, growing more than 80
percent year-over-year in 2012, which outpaced the overall Linux server
operating system market growth.
This popularity was also reflected in our download numbers – recently, we were serving over 80 TB worth of data each month, and this number keeps on growing. In order to ensure continued satisfaction with this free service, we now switched the US-based Oracle Linux yum server to use the Akamai content delivery network for distributing all the available RPM packages for Oracle Linux globally.
This increases the performance for obtaining updates and security fixes for Oracle Linux – no matter where you are in the world. With the help of the Akamai CDN, the download experience will now be similar, regardless of your geographic location.
Please note that you need to connect to the Oracle Linux yum server by host name. If your yum clients are configured to access the Oracle Linux yum server by its public IP address, you won't benefit from increase in performance, as Akamai uses DNS to redirect the load. Please check your configurations accordingly!