Oracle announced the creation of a dedicated Linux Test Lab, providing a rigorous test environment to further the quality, stability and supportability of the operating system. Bringing Linux testing "in house" helps Oracle ensure that the operating system will be as finely tuned and as dependable as commercially available products.

With continued advancements to Linux, the most recent being the release of the Linux 2.6 Kernel and distribution releases of Novell SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, an increasing number of companies are turning to Linux to run their mission-critical applications. According to market research firm IDC, the overall Linux ecosystem will grow 25.9 percent annually to reach $35.7 billion in 2008. Of that, IDC estimates $14 billion will be packaged software, $10 billion PCs and $11 billion servers.

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