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Ellison & the GPL Part I

Sep 24, 2010, 00:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christine Hall)

[ Thanks to Storm Bear Williams for this link. ]

"You would think a firm that fancies itself a Linux development company would have some respect for the GPL. With most companies, you'd be right. But not with Oracle. It becomes more obvious with each passing day that Larry Ellison has absolutely no respect for the GPL. The FOSS community would do well to consider Ellison to be the proverbial wolf in sheep's clothing and act according – for "FOSS-friendly" Oracle might pose more of a threat than Microsoft ever did.

"Ellison seems to be making the GPL his play toy, shamelessly looking for holes in the license to exploit to his own advantage. Several years back, to show his displeasure at Red Hat for potentially moving into his territory when they acquired JBoss, he boldly announced the release of Unbreakable Linux, which was really Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) rebranded as an Oracle product (which he was perfectly free to do under the terms of the GPL).

"He then had the chutzpah to offer support, not only for Oracle's distro, but for RHEL's customers as well, at a fraction of what support from Red Hat would cost."

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