Oracles Linux Pledge

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2004-01-15 Print this article Print

This move is the latest in Redwood Shores, Calif.-based Oracles push to embrace the open-source Linux platform. At LinuxWorld San Francisco 2002, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison pledged to run the companys entire business on the Linux operating system. In August, Chuck Rozwat said that Oracle is committed to running basic development platforms on Linux for all products. In embracing Linux, Oracles goal is to enable customers to retain the Unix skill sets theyve built over the past decade while enabling them to take advantage of low-cost, high-performance processors from Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc., Dargo said. Those low-cost, commodity processors in turn form the basis of the clustering technology Oracles pushing in its forthcoming Oracle Database 10g technology.
"Linux serves as a great base platform for grid," Dargo said. "Its inexpensive, and it enables the use of Intel servers that allow us to drive commoditization into these standard building blocks that can be configured together in a grid environment."
All of Oracles 5,000 internal application developers are now working off of Linux platforms, Dargo said. As soon as Oracle Database 10g is released as a production product—a move that is "imminent," Dargo said—the companys database developers will also be moved to Linux as a development platform. That will make a total of between 8,000 and 9,000 Oracle developers on Linux. The companys support and outsourcing business are already on Linux as well. It is widely believed that another primary motivation behind Oracles embrace of Linux is to push archrival Microsoft Corp. out of its position of power. In pursuit of that goal, Oracle will enable its customers to opt for Mozilla over Microsofts Internet Explorer browser, just as they have enabled customers to opt out of Microsoft operating systems in favor of Linux. Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft declined to comment.

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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