InformationWeek: Target Linux: While Ellison Brings The Hammer, Ballmer Wields… The Coupon

“Talk about a difference in style. When Microsoft CEO Steve
Ballmer wants to co-opt the Linux movement to the company’s
advantage, it dresses it up in patent peace and coupons. Oracle CEO
Larry Ellison just brings the hammer down.

“In a Web 2.0 world where IBM and Microsoft and Google talk of
playing nice with others, while keeping the club handy, it’s
refreshing to have someone like Ellison put his ambition up on the
mantel, as he did with his head-on play for Red Hat Linux
customers, offering cut-rate support…”

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