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InfoWorld: Bob Shimp affirms Oracle's long-term commitment to the Linux platform

Aug 27, 2000, 01:12 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by P.J. Connolly)

"InfoWorld: How do you see Linux's role in the enterprise, and how does this release support that role?"

"Shimp: Oracle8i was introduced on the Linux platform in July of 1999, so it's been a little bit over a year for us now. We've garnered some experience now in the marketplace [regarding] where and how customers are using it. In the early days, Linux was primarily a developers-oriented product. But in the last year, we've definitely seen an uptake by the dot-com community and other Internet types of companies. But [what] we're also seeing is that Linux is definitely moving out beyond the classic dot-com and beginning to enter into the enterprise."

"InfoWorld: Would you categorize the past 12 months as building the Linux foundation?"

"Shimp: Yes, we've established the credibility of the Linux-based product by demonstrating the value to dot-com companies. Once we get [this proof] to enterprise customers and can point to customer examples, [the companies will] gain a lot of confidence in it. And we are getting the product in the hands of more and more IT developers."

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