Published: 27 October 2006
Analyst(s): Bruce Richardson
If attendees at this year's Oracle OpenWorld were hoping for futuristic razzle-dazzle from company founder and CEO Larry Ellison, they will have to wait until next year. Not that there weren't cool effects. Prior to his speech, Mr. Ellison and his executive team rang the closing bell at NASDAQ from thousands of miles away. This was done to commemorate the company's 20 years as a publicly traded company. And, of course, there were the four live penguins that joined him on stage as he announced Oracle's plans to offer "enterprise-class support" for Unbreakable Linux. Specifically, the company wants Linux users to switch their support from Red Hat to Oracle. Why do this? Mr. Ellison pointed to three flaws with current Linux support: there is no enterprise-level support, service is expensive, and there is no intellectual property indemnification. (The latter is a reference to the ongoing SCO-IBM lawsuit.) Here's a look at what may really be behind Oracle's Linux plans and how it might be more about Microsoft and SAP than anyone else.
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