"At a partnership announcement with Dell Computer in New York
City back in April, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison stood alongside his
fellow CEO Michael Dell and discussed how the Linux open source
operating system was stealing market share from Microsoft's Windows
"In the future, he asserted, Microsoft would be all but
irrelevant by the Linux trend. The crowd nodded and smiled at his
screed. This, you could almost hear them thinking, was Larry at his
"But then someone in the audience took the flipside to his
thesis, asking Ellison: If Linux, in all of its open-source glory,
would irreparably harm Microsoft's proprietary approach, could he
not see the threat of open-source database vendors to his company?
Ellison said no, and then enumerated Oracle's market strength,
brand, track record and high level of security as reasons for
Oracle's staying power..."
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