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How Open is Oracle?

Sep 09, 2011, 06:03 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Oracle is not faultless when it comes to its dealing with the open source community, but then again who is?

"That said, Oracle is not an open source company. They will likely never be as open as a Red Hat, which bases its entire business on open source. Oracle is a company that uses and contributes to open source as part of their overall offerings. When Oracle says 'Open' –they're not always talking about source either.

"While Linux is key platform for Oracle, so too is Solaris 11 which is open for development but not necessarily in terms of source. Oracle's namesake database will likely never be open source and neither will most of Oracle's CRM and ERP related software either."

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