Dave Dargo, vice president of Oracles Linux Program Office and the Performance Engineering team within its Platform Technologies Division, told eWEEK.com that Oracle will look to expand its 1.5-year-old Linux support program by supporting Linux not just as a server but as a client.
"Most of our support has been in the area of servers," Dargo said. "Well be looking to add enabling Linux as a client for Oracle applications via the Mozilla browser, so Oracle customers can use Mozilla to access Oracle applications. Were looking at not just supporting Linux as a server but looking at supporting Linux as a client."
Dargo will give a Wednesday keynote presentation at next weeks LinuxWorld trade show in New York.
The Mozilla suite includes applications for Web browsing, e-mail, Web design and chat. A new version, Mozilla 1.6, was expected to be released today by The Mozilla Foundation, of Mountain View, Calif.
Mitchell Baker, president of The Mozilla Foundation, said that Oracles move is only the most recent manifestation of a "groundswell" of interest from commercial developers thats been growing since the foundation went independent in July. "One fundamental issue for enterprises is making sure this technology works well with their enterprise applications," she said. "Oracles support of Mozilla in Oracle products, such as Collaboration Suite, is an important element in enterprise adoption."
Other commercial outfits that have used Mozilla technology include IBM, which has plugged the Mozilla browser into its Web Services products, as well as Sun Microsystems Inc., which ships Mozilla browsers. "Oracles not the first or only," Baker said. "Making sure [Mozilla] applications and technologies work well with their existing enterprise applications is critical, so this step from Oracle is an important step."
A precise timetable for Mozilla enablement wasnt forthcoming, since the move is still in the early planning stages, an Oracle spokeswoman said.