Oracle Isn't a Linux Company (Motley Fool)
Posted Oct 18, 2006 17:59 UTC (Wed) by peace
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"And Red Hat probably has enough capital to purchase the MySQL open-source database and go head to head with Oracle any time it wants."
Why do people keep supposing that just because MySQL is popular it is somehow a threat, or can compete with Oracle? It's like saying that BerkeleyDB is a threat to MySQL.
Suggesting that Red Hat would need to purchase MySQL in order to "go head to head with Oracle" is also quite silly. Red Hat could use PostgreSQL anytime it wanted, without purchasing the company, and compete with Oracle. Red Hat's problems have nothing to do with access to a DB engine and everything to do with building a rich and complex ecco system of VARs around an impressive stack of DB related applications, something Oracle already has.
As for Oracle Linux, Oracle is already practically an OS in itself. Replacing the kernel layer with something Oracle has control over seems to make perfect sense. A Linux based Oracle Appliance might be able to compete with MySQL as a turnkey solution to several mid-sized business who want a supported product at the core of their business. Oracle sales people would be able to sell them off the shelf, without configuration or worry as to what flavor of Windows/Unix/Linux the customer is using.
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