"We all have a pretty good idea what the world's largest
software company thinks about Linux and open source, but what about
its closest rival, Oracle? Though Oracle may make its money selling
proprietary code, the company says it is about to get a lot more
visible in its support of open source software. After years of
contributing to the Linux kernel via third parties like Red Hat or
SuSE, the database maker is now focusing on more direct
participation on the Linux kernel list. And, in the next few weeks
it is planning to release a major overhaul of its open source
"But Oracle has been ramping up its open source efforts for
close to a year now. Last August, Oracle released a GPL'd cluster
filesystem, followed three months later by a nifty hack that allows
Linux users to set up a two node Linux cluster on a Firewire drive.
That code was written by Wim Coekaerts, who heads up Oracle's
Linux's development effort. A Linux user since 1993, Coekaerts got
seriously involved in Linux when Larry Ellison asked him to build a
network computer based on the free OS in 1999. Since then, he's
moved over to server-side development where as Principal Member of
Technical Staff, Corporate Architecture Development, he leads a
team of developers whose goal is to make sure that Linux fully
supports Oracle's next-generation features. Coekaerts says that in
the next little while, his company is going to become a much more
visible force in the open source development landscape.
"LinuxPlanet: When I look at Oracle's open
source site, it doesn't really have a community feel to it.
"Wim Coekaerts: We are in the process of
setting up something like oss.oracle.com--an open source site like
oss.sgi.com. We haven't really had a lot of time to focus on that
side, and now we have more time to do it. We want to be able to
share more with other people..."
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