Larry a big Linux fan, says Oracle exec

Posted by daria42 on Apr 23, 2006 5:52 PM EDT
ZDNet Australia; By Steven Deare
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A senior Oracle executive has backed the reasoning behind the software vendor's mooted move into the operating system sphere and illustrated the depth of chief executive Larry Ellison's allegiance to Linux.

Ellison recently told the Financial Times the company was "missing an operating system" and it would make sense to "look at distributing and supporting Linux" since ongoing maintenance and services fees were becoming an increasingly important part of Oracle's revenue stream.

Jesper Anderson, Oracle's senior vice president for application strategy, said from his own experience, he did not find the remarks to be out of character with Ellison's Linux fanaticism.

"When Larry felt that Linux was strong enough, and when we felt that Oracle applications ran as well as on Linux as on any other thing, Larry initially just demanded that every mid-tier server we run at Oracle, run Linux.

"I mean I've been in meetings with Larry where people walked in with purchase order requests for big Sun Solaris or HP-UX servers and Larry just looked at it and said 'Nope, denied'.

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