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SF Gate: Red Hat's Database Could Be Key To Linux Success

Jul 04, 2001, 00:10 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Neil McAllister)

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The author puts Red Hat's decision to directly enter the database field a sign that the field is wide open.

"Because of this, a well-marketed Open Source database (like the one Red Hat proposes) could potentially do more to cement the hold of Open Source software in the enterprise than the Linux OS itself. In effect, it would transform Linux into a complete Open Source Web applications platform, to compete with commercial offerings from the likes of Sun, Oracle or Microsoft."

"And unlike the client OS market, where Mac OS and Windows users are separated along well-defined lines, the server market is less divided into OS 'camps.' A number of platforms have carved successful niches, and so far there's no clear winner. Red Hat is banking that this means there's opportunity for still more platforms to enter the field."

"But the really refreshing thing about the database wars is that no one vendor has to win. There's room for solutions at various levels of price, speed, reliability and function. And so long as no one vendor can control both sides of the computing equation -- both client and server -- then no single vendor can control all of computing; an overturned verdict in the Microsoft trial notwithstanding."

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