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CBS MarketWatch: Oracle could face a Linux-like threat

Nov 01, 2000, 14:06 (27 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mike Tarsala)

"Moving beyond the work they've done to torpedo sales at Microsoft, a cabal of open-source software developers this week took aim at No.2 software maker, Oracle."

"A group of program writers in California's Silicon Valley this week held a first-ever convention dedicated to advancing open-source database applications. The group met to forward free software that promises to do some of the same functions as Oracle's (ORCL: news, msgs) flagship software, which can cost $750 per individual on a corporate network."

"Leading supporters say that open-source database soon could create fervor in the database market, much like Linux did in the operating system market two years ago when it took on Microsoft (MSFT: news, msgs). It'll also drastically change the way Oracle and other leading database companies do business, they say."

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