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Bloomberg: Oracle's Ellison Jabs at Microsoft Using Linux as His Weapon

Apr 25, 2003, 16:00 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Anthony Effinger)

"Now, Ellison is bracing for what may be the biggest fight with his nemesis. Gates, 47, has been improving his once-feeble database software and selling it to the likes of grocery store chain Albertson's Inc. and casino operator MGM Mirage. Customers can use the software to store records on employees, sales and supplies.

"Yesterday, Microsoft shipped a version of its database software for the Itanium, the most powerful chip from Intel Corp., the world's biggest semiconductor maker. In short, Gates is going straight for Oracle's heart.

"Ellison, 58, is counterattacking via Linux, an operating system designed by Finnish programmer Linus Torvalds in 1991 and distributed free to anyone who wants it. Ellison's strategy is to get companies to adopt Linux instead of Microsoft's Windows.

"Why Linux? First, because 9 percent of all servers that computer makers shipped last year used it--up from 6.5 percent in 2001, according to research firm Gartner Inc. And second, because users of Linux have no reason to buy Microsoft's database software, which runs only on Windows..."

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