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SearchOpenSource: Open Source CEOs Send Messages to Oracle

Nov 03, 2005, 19:45 (4 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Mark Brunelli and Peter Parker for these links. ]

EnterpriseDB CEO Gunning for Oracle

"How do you respond to those IT executives, like Tim Vaverchak of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, who are unsure of switching to an open source database app like EnterpriseDB?

"Andy Astor: How can I put this? Databases are sticky. People who are have been using a database for a long period of time tend to know the subtleties and intricacies of that database and tend to not want to switch that easily. Frankly, DBAs, as a group, tend to be focused on the databases that they are an expert in. They tend to be very, very concerned with stability and reducing risk, and that is appropriate because that's their job--to keep those databases running..."

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SleepyCat CEO: Oracle Deal an Attempt to Disrupt MySQL

"Speaking at the Open Source Business Conference, SleepyCat CEO Michael Olson said he believes Oracle's takeover of Innobase, the Finnish developer of InnoDB, a discrete open source transactional database technology that ships with MySQL, is an acknowledgement of the growing importance of open source and of MySQL in particular.

"'Any attempt to disrupt a competitor is an acknowledgement that the competitor matters,' Olson said. 'And I think that acquisition was in significant part an attempt to disrupt MySQL's business...'"

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SugarCRM CEO: Thank You, Larry Ellison

"Speaking to in between sessions at the Open Source Business Conference, Roberts said downloads of his company's open source CRM suite have 'skyrocketed' as a result of customer apprehension over Oracle's recent string of high-profile CRM acquisitions. That's why Roberts has a message for Oracle CEO Larry Ellison.

"'I can't thank Larry enough,' Roberts said. 'It's been really good for us as a company...'"

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