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Oracle: Eating its Own Open Source Food

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| Coekaerts said the critical thing for Oracle is to actively contribute to the
| Linux and virtualization communities that serve as the base for Oracle's open
| source offerings. That doesn't mean he necessarily agrees with what other
| vendors, in particular Red Hat and XenSource are doing, even though the
| company works with both of their open source products. The ultimate impact of
| Oracle's open source effort could well lead to a broader use of Linux and Xen
| or it could lead to greater fragmentation among the various open source
| groups supporting the two projects.


After Oracle, Former Sleepycat CEO Hunts For Next Gig

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| Olson hasn't previously commented on his experience but Matt Asay, VP of
| business development at Alfresco and organizer of the annual Open Source
| Business Conference in San Francisco, had this to say about Olson in a blog
| Feb. 7: "I've never heard a negative word out of his mouth about his two-year
| stay with Oracle, either in public or private. Mike is class and gave to his
| employer what was due..."


It seems like he's getting back to FOSS with clouds.


Why does Larry Ellison have a Red Hat fetish?

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| Larry doesn't understand open source. This isn't surprising since the people
| who report to him apparently don't, either (though I don't include Mike Olson
| in that crowd - he's a victim of golden handcuffs :-). Oracle desperately
| wants open source to be "just another tool" that it uses for IT domination.
| It's not. It actually has the opposite effect.
| Oracle just can't grok this.
| It wants to own the Linux kernel. It can't. It wanted to own JBoss. It
| couldn't. Open source is about controlling through sharing, but Oracle
| doesn't do the "share" thing very well.
| And so we'll have to sporadically endure Mr. Ellison's ego pronouncing
| himself god of the Linux world, despite his Linux business being so anemic
| that he won't break out its numbers. If the numbers are so great, report
| them, Mr. Ellison. (Having said this, it's important to note that Oracle
| stopped breaking out revenue by product line many years ago.)


Larry Ellison thrashes Red Hat

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| "At Oracle we've been in the Linux business for a year now," he said.
| "With the Red Hat code all we did for the first year was fix bugs. Now Oracle
| growing a lot faster than Red Hat. Red Hat's been growing too because it’s a
| growing market." *

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