Oracle is a proprietary software program, but many think it's the best friend open source has.
Through OTN, now six years old,Oracle maintains strong links with the open source community. It has service hosting deals with Collab.Net. Many Oracle tools are open source, and Oracle has played a huge rolein making enterprises comfortable with open source solutions.
But is Oracle just using us? All its open source initiatives are meant to sell Oracle licenses. Some say you canget better Oracle discussionson Usenet than onOTN.
So let's apply the test I mentioned earlier, the transparency test, to Oracle and open source. How does it measure up?