Oracle gives free beer and Linux support (Denmark)Jun 21, 1999, 15:50 (2 Talkback[s])
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Oracle Denmark is the first Oracle company which is going to support Linux. Not only will Oracle Denmark support the Oracle database on Linux but also questions about the Linux operating system.
This new initiative will be announced thursday the 24th June 1999 at Bella Centret and will be celebrated with "Free Beer" for all Linux enthusiasts who show up. Bella Centret is housing the European Oracle User Group (EOUG) this year and it's expected to be the largest IT conference in Danish history with some 4000 delegates from all over the world. The Linux meeting will take place Thursday the 24th from 2 pm till 6 pm. Admission is of course free - as is the beer.
At a panel meeting a few months ago Linus Torvalds, the author of Linux, was asked what he expected of the future. The answer was "free beer". "We would like to meet Linus here in Copenhagen" says Premium Service Manager Mogens Nørgaard, Oracle Denmark, and continues "It's hard to lure Linus to Denmark so we expect that 'free beer' will make him come" says Mogens Nørgaard with a smile.
"The reason we offer support for Linux is simply that our customers want it", Mogens Nørgaard stated. "Small companies can often introduce Linux into their organisation without signing up for support on the operating system because they have the expertise in-house and don't need the assurance of an outside supplier. However," Mogens Nørgaard continued. "as Linux is being introduced to larger organisations with responsibilites towards shareholders and other parties, the need for a formal support agreement is evident. Since so many organisations choose to run their mission-critical applications on Oracle, it's really a logical next step for us to offer support on Linux proper".
Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq: ORCL) is the world's second largest software company and the leading supplier of software for enterprise information management. With annual revenues exceeding $8.8 billion, the company offers its database, tools and applications products, along with related consulting, education, and support services, in more than 145 countries around the world.
Oracle software runs on network computers, personal digital assistants, set-top devices, PCs, workstations, minicomputers, mainframes and massively parallel computers.
Oracle Denmark is located in Ballerup outside Copenhagen and has presently 370 employees. Premium Services is part of Oracle Denmark's Support organisation and has 35 employees (up from five in May 1998). Premium offers high-end services such as capacity planning, high-availability, architecture design, etc. - and is also actively developing new service initiatives such as Linux support, Academic Initiatives, application support and remote services.
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