... [A]lthough the fact that it's beating SQL Server is
heartening for Oracle, the company's real worry is increasing NT
sales. The more NT shops there are out there, the more likely
companies are to switch to the applications that Microsoft says
work best with Microsoft Windows networks - and on Oracle's turf,
that's SQL Server. So Oracle is effectively grooming Linux as an
alternative to NT that can be used to destabilise Microsoft in
smaller businesses and at departmental level.