Oracle and Sun – Finally, Somebody Might Pull Ahead of Bill Gates!

Posted by: Rea Maor In: Linux and Unix - Friday, April 24th, 2009

It’s amazing that Oracle Corporation doesn’t get more buzz in the blogosphere. Everybody knows about Microsoft and a few have heard of Apple and Mac OS, but you’re still hard-pressed to find somebody outside of the IT profession who’s heard of Linux, BSD, or Solaris. Especially in the English-speaking world.

But here we have Larry Ellison.

Lawrence Ellison

Pay attention to this name; he’s the fourth-richest human being on the planet. The Forbes wealth rank for 2009 runs Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Carlos Slim Helú, and then there’s Lawrence Ellison. There used to be a bunch of other names between them, but they’ve gotten weeded out this year thanks to the global real estate and banking crash. Sorry boys, play-money wealth doesn’t last.

Larry Ellison is the CEO of Oracle Corporation, and amongst Oracle’s various holdings pretty much runs the back end of every major business’ server room. And this company releases a Linux distribution called “Oracle Enterprise Linux“. Linux, being a software base popularized by people like this guy:

Richard Stallman

Amazing, isn’t it? And you thought Linux was all basement hippies sharing free love!

But let somebody buy Sun, and all of a sudden they’re front-page news. Hoo-boy, Oracle buys Sun and suddenly ten thousand Java hackers cringe protectively around their virtual machines and shriek “What’s gonna happen to my job?!?!?” And anybody who uses MySQL (owned by a subsidiary of Sun Microsystems), is suddenly wondering where their next ‘select’ statement is coming from.

Well, the two companies have each been quick to reassure everybody. There’s a page at about Sun and Oracle and a page at about Oracle and Sun. There, don’t they look cozy together?

With such a huge company formed from such a giant merger, unforeseen by even the biggest blog names such as TechCrunch (who’s never right about any prediction, ever), it seems that Oracle Corporation is in a very good position to sweep the PC market out from under Microsoft’s feet. With both Sun’s Solaris and Linux under Oracle’s belt, plus a software stack that ranges from Open Office and Java to MySQL and, well, Oracle Database, Oracle could very easily pluck the whole computer world like the ripe, luscious plum that it is.

Gee, it looks like Microsoft could be doomed. Microsoft… doomed… hey, has anybody you know said that before? Nah, probably just my imagination.

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