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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-06-06 Print this article Print

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.
"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.
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.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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