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Larry Ellison SpeaksRaven Zachary, April 17, 2006 @ 11:50 am ET
The Financial Times published an in-depth interview with Larry Ellison, the CEO of Oracle, on Sunday. From the original article (registration required), Larry sheds some light on a number of interesting topics relating to open source. You can also read a synopsis of the interview from Reuters, but it leaves out some important points. In summary:
* He has been dwelling on the potential and threat of open source.
* Oracle doesn’t have to fight open source, it has to exploit it.
* The Oracle acquisition of JBoss fell through due to its price.
* He finds it hard to pay large amounts for acquiring open source vendors when there are limited barriers to entry for competition.
* Oracle looked at acquiring Novell, due to its ownership of SUSE, but decided against it (some of the news sites are incorrectly reporting that Oracle is considering a purchase of Novell, based on this interview).
* He thinks there is value in ‘one throat to choke’ – providing a complete technology stack for customers from the operating system on up.
Larry again offers us a lot of details to consider. I wish more CEOs were this open in the press!
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