"Recently, there was an interesting rumour circulating
that Oracle had a war chest of some $70 billion, and was going on
an acquisition spree.
"Despite the huge figure, it had a certain plausibility, because
Oracle is a highly successful company with deep pockets and an
aggressive management. The rumour was soon denied, but it got me
wondering: supposing Oracle decided to spend, if not $70 billion,
say $10 billion in an efficient way: how might it do that? And it
occurred to me that one rather dramatic use of that money would be
to buy up the leading open source companies – all of
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