Linux Foundation Says Oracle-Sun Acquisition Will Be Good for Linux

Lora Bentley

Rather than wondering how open source will be negatively impacted by Oracle's acquisition of Sun Microsystems, the Linux Foundation's Jim Zemlin sets out his thinking on what the acquisition will do for Linux. Not that what happens for Linux will necessarily happen for open source in general, but it's a good place to start.


Zemlin points out that Oracle was already both a Linux distributor and a Linux user. The company is a platinum member of the Linux Foundation, and its chief architect spoke at the recent Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit. Though Glynn Moody doesn't trust Oracle's assertion that it "is as committed as ever to Linux and other open platforms," Zemlin takes it to the bank. He says:

Oracle is first and foremost an applications and business software vendor, meaning they need to support the OS that the customer wishes to deploy their software on...This acquisition makes a lot of sense for Oracle to fine tune Solaris for their products, but it certainly will not lessen the support or investment Oracle has in Linux.


The acquisition could also benefit ODF and OpenOffice in the enterprise, Zemlin says, because it "strengthens" Oracle's position as an open standards supporter.


I'm sure this isn't the last opinion we'll see on what this buy will do to the industry, but as always, it will be interesting to look back and see whose predictions proved most accurate.

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Apr 21, 2009 11:10 AM phil n phil n  says:

Oracle wants MySQL. They will play games, give lip service then kill it. The internet had better start looking for something else quick. The rest of Sun, Oracle couldn't care less about and will let it die and/or turn Java into a commercial product. duh.

Apr 21, 2009 12:06 PM Dan Dan  says: in response to phil n

The nice part is they CAN'T kill it. They can kill the commercial MySQL product, but the free one is open source. If someone doesn't like what Oracle or Sun has done with MySQL, they can create their own fork.

Apr 21, 2009 12:59 PM Mike Mike  says: in response to phil n

This just a bullish comment from a non-thinker...

7.4 billion for MySQL...get real. Oracle already had InnoDB, the transaction engine in MySQL. If they wanted to kill MySQL they could do it already.

MySQL is probably better off with someone that understands that business. Sun has a habit of letting software die a slow death.

RDB as one competitor example. Bought 10 years ago by Oracle  and still alive and supported.


Apr 22, 2009 11:21 AM phil n phil n  says: in response to Mike

Fine - whatever you say. You are obviously more intelligent than I.

Apr 23, 2009 3:29 PM Andy Andy  says: in response to phil n

It does seem so, Phil.

Mike seems clearly not only more intelligent than you, but also more knowledgeable.

Phil, an advice: think, then think again, before you talk.

Apr 24, 2009 6:20 PM phil n phil n  says: in response to Andy

".. an advice: .. ?

Gee. It looks like everyone here is more intelligent than I.

May 1, 2009 9:57 AM Rob Jones Rob Jones  says:

Think you should start at..how can I make opensource into a revenue model?..In part the hard work has been done its not only building a community but also influencing users. Within the next few years branded distros like opensolaris will take a large share of the market as ISV's adopt opensource.


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