Keep Linux Open and Free - OpenELA Marks Major Milestones in Governance and Code Availability

November 2, 2023 | 2 minute read
Honglin Su
VP of Product Management, Oracle Linux and Virtualization
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Open Enterprise Linux Association (OpenELA) has publicly released Enterprise Linux (EL) source code and achieved important technical and governance milestones. The OpenELA announcement exemplifies Oracle’s commitment to helping the open source community continue to develop compatible EL distributions and minimize fragmentation.

OpenELA was founded by CIQ, Oracle, and SUSE earlier this year to collaborate on Enterprise Linux as an open source project to provide open and free EL source code. Oracle has been collaborating with CIQ and SUSE to maintain and support the EL source code, which anyone can use to build Red Hat Enterprise Linux-compatible distributions. The initial focus of the project is on EL8 and EL9, and packages for EL7 are expected soon. You can access the source code repositories at

Oracle has a long history of commitment to Linux, starting with the release of the first commercial relational database on the operating system in 1998. Oracle's long-term vision is to enhance and extend the performance, scalability, reliability and security of Linux for business and government. This vision continues to bear fruit through the many projects and code contributions that Oracle shares with the Linux community. For example, over the years Oracle has become one of the top contributors to the Linux kernel. By developing innovative features that we freely share with the community, Oracle's Linux engineering teams strive to make the operating system better for all. 

Watch a replay of our recent State of the Penguin webinar with Wim Coekaerts, executive vice president of Oracle Linux development, and Robert Shimp, senior vice president of Oracle Linux product management to learn more about Oracle’s contributions to the open source community and how Oracle is working with others to develop the OpenELA to create a common source repository dedicated to Red Hat Enterprise Linux compatibility. 


Honglin Su

VP of Product Management, Oracle Linux and Virtualization

Honglin Su leads the product management team for Oracle Linux and Virtualization to help customers transform their traditional data centers to the cloud.

You can follow him on Twitter @honglinsu

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