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IT-Director: Legal eagles force Oracle away from Linux

Jun 29, 1999, 16:37 (20 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack of Hearts)

"It has come to the attention of the IT-Director editorial team that the much anticipated launch of the Oracle Appliance - the actual deliverable from the over-hyped Raw Iron announcements made earlier in the year - is sorely lacking in one crucial area, Linux."

"Previously [Oracle CEO Larry] Ellison had mentioned that other Unix operating systems like FreeBSD, HP-UX and Linux would all be considered for inclusion as a microkernel set for the Raw Iron Appliances - but now it would appear Oracle has shirked it's responsibilities and opted out of Linux for the Oracle8i Appliance."

"...because of the GPL (General Product License) attached to Linux, Oracle would have been forced to put any enhancements into the public domain. If this were to happen other DBMS vendors would have been able to short cut the time to delivering other competitive database engines. So it turns out that it was really the lawyers that were unhappy with the Linux route. It has also been suggested that there are other grey-areas in the Linux GPL that would have been open to interpretation if Oracle had continued down the original path - hence leaving Linux out of the equation for, at least, the short term."

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