"On a conference call Monday, Oracle Chairman Larry
Ellison said one of the primary reasons Oracle is interested in Sun
is for its Unix-based Solaris OS, which has long been an important
platform for Oracle's database and has a fairly healthy and
significant installed base.
"Oracle is also a big proponent of Linux, however, so the deal
raises questions about how Oracle might reconcile the two OSes.
Indeed, just two weeks ago Oracle's corporate chief architect and
top Linux engineer, Edward Screven, said Oracle would like to see
Linux become the default operating system for the data center, so
that customers don't even think about choosing another OS."