An IBM spokesman has confirmed that IBM is not ready to give guarantees on compatibility with Oracle’s new version of Linux.

The Oracle version of open source operating system (OS), launched last October in direct competition to Red Hat, the number one Linux vendor. But IBM said it would wait to see if there was “traction” in the marketplace for such an offering.

Analysts have said enterprises will want more assurances that Oracle’s move is backed with cross-industry support.

IBM however said customers will have to refer to Oracle to resolve compatibility problems if running its flavour of Linux on Big Blue tin and systems. It does however certify Red Hat’s Enterprise Linux product.