Oracle to Become a Linux Power?

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2006-04-17 Email Print this article Print

While Oracle balks at the price tag of a top Linux distributor, CEO Larry Ellison has considered buying Novell and may look into other approaches to getting Oracle into the Linux business. (DesktopLinux)

In an interview with the Financial Times, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said that Oracle may be considering buying a Linux company in the future.

After considering open source's and Linux's pluses and minuses, Ellison has concluded that for Oracle, "We don't have to fight open source, we have to exploit open source," Ellison reportedly said.

That doesn't mean, however, that Ellison will be pursuing Novell or Red Hat with the ardor that he chased down and then bought PeopleSoft and Siebel.

While Oracle uses Linux in its own offices and as a foundation operating system for its major Oracle application platform, Ellison remains unconvinced that owning major open-source programs makes sense. He's concerned that because a company can't fundamentally own an open-source program's intellectual property, it may not make sense for a company like Oracle.

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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor of's Linux & Open Source Center and Ziff Davis Channel Zone. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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