Oracle has been working hard in the last few months to buy up various open source companies. Even as they failed to acquire JBoss, losing it to Red Hat, Larry Ellison is now talking about how much he thinks Oracle should be offering its own Linux distribution in order to better compete with Microsoft up and down the "stack." This leads to added speculation that Oracle would look to buy out Novell. Still, this seems more about Ellison competing with Bill Gates, rather than Oracle competing with Microsoft. If anything, it sounds like the type of thing that could be distracting to Oracle, and get them focused on a market that doesn't do much to serve their existing customers -- and even opening up an opportunity for companies like SAP to grab more market share. Owning the operating system isn't necessary any more -- especially if it's Linux. The only real benefit to Oracle putting weight into Linux might be to harm Microsoft, rather than help itself.
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