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Computerworld.au: Database Code Will Not Become Open Source

Jul 07, 2002, 04:22 (39 Talkback[s])
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"While Oracle Corp. is committed to the open source movement and its standards, database code will remain proprietary because there will be difficulties in providing services if customers make alterations to the source code.

"This is the view of the chairman and chief executive officer of Oracle, Larry Ellison, stated at the recent Oracle OpenWorld held in Beijing recently.

"Laurence Liew, manager, SCS Linux Competency Centre, Singapore Computer Systems agreed. Liew said that Ellison's concern is a legitimate business concern as open source software gets lots of changes, patches and bug fixes done frequently. For a vendor to support its product, they will have to work on a known state..."

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