Oracle has set the rumour mill going again with hints that it may further embrace the products of the open source community by moving into the Linux market. In an interview with the Financial Times, CEO Larry Ellison, not known for his love of the open source community, professed his company’s love of Linux and expressed their interest in creating a complete software stack, possibly including their own brand of Linux, at some point in the future.
“I’d like to have a complete stack, [but] we’re missing an operating system. You could argue that it makes a lot of sense for us to look at distributing and supporting Linux.”
The above was taken as a suggestion that the company might seek a short cut by buying out a Novell or a Red Hat, but with a proviso that spoke volumes about the man’s opinion of the open source way of doing things…
“I’ve had this discussion with the CEOs of open source companies. We’ve looked at buying some, some with very high price tags - but since we already have access to all the intellectual property, why wouldn’t we just embed this technology in our technology and provide support.”