I think it would actually be quite neat to do something like run Oracle on RHEL in a container on Debian, where Oracle doesn't notice that RHEL isn't actually doing a bunch of things it normally does, because the RHEL libraries and executables are in the usual places, things are installed from RPMs with an accurate database of packages installed that might be dependencies, init scripts appropriate to the runlevel get run, /dev contains the expected devices, and so forth. Meanwhile, the user whose workstation this is runs programs packaged in debs and doesn't have to be in a RHEL environment aside from for messing with the database installation.
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