Dargo declined to comment on the potential effect Oracles hostile takeover bid for PeopleSoft will have on its Linux business going forward, if successful. "I think it will be great when PeopleSoft runs of Linux. I think itll be great when everything runs on Linux. Thats all youre going to get on me on that front," he said. Oracle has no current plans for an open-source Oracle database and is not threatened by those already out there like the MySQL open-source database. What makes Linux a competitive threat to other players in the operating system business is that there are enterprise-class companies supporting it.Asked about the battle by The SCO Group to protect its Unix intellectual property rights and its warnings that Linux is an unauthorized derivative of Unix and that users face potential legal consequences, Dargo said there is such a lack of available information to back up those claims that Oracle is continuing with its plans. "We have seen nothing yet that indicates to us that we should either stop deployment or development or support of Linux. So we are continuing full speed. But what we are seeing in the market is a small amount of drag in the market, but this is from those customers who have not yet started deployment and have now decided to sit back and wait a little bit," he said. Those customers who have already deployed Linux are going along with Oracles view that they have not yet seen anything that tells them they need to stop and are continuing to move, he said. Oracle has no current plans to sign the SCO NDA and looks at the alleged code violations as "even if we looked at these things we wouldnt know what the legal and contractual issues are that may impact it. Theres an allegation of an intellectual property violation, but we dont really have the context of the legal agreements to know what that means. So, if we looked at it and saw that there was code copied, that still wouldnt tell us where we stand at the end of the day," he said.
"But what enterprise companies are actually standing behind open-source databases like MySQL? Maybe Novell. I really believe its less about an open-source threat and more about who supports the product," he said.