Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has remade the company via acquisitions. Oracle has acquired a bevy of companies such as Siebel Systems, PeopleSoft, BEA Systems and others to become a significant applications player. Meanwhile, Oracle remains the database leader and displays strength in middleware. Oracle's next frontier: Hardware. The acquisition of Sun Microsystems could position Oracle as "T.J. Watson's IBM" or be a big headache.
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From Oracle OpenWorld 2006: CEO Larry Ellison announced Wednesday that Oracle will now support Red Hat Linux at much lower rates than Red Hat offers right now. Is that frightened penguin scared of Ellison?
Scott McNealy took the stage on the last day of JavaOne to highlight Sun's mission to eliminate the digital divide--and joke about not being CEO. He said that Java, thin clients and Web services are the answer. McNealy says he plans to talk to governments around the world and sell a lot of Sun products and infrastructure services.
At JavaOne in San Francisco, Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartzand Rich Green, the company's new executive vice president of software,officially announced that Java will become open source. Green encouragedthe Java community to participate in the process.
Sun Microsystems was once the hottest hardware maker in Silicon Valley. Then the dot-com bubble burst and it's been a slow but steady decline. How will Sun look different under Jonathan Schwartz's leadership than it has under Scott McNealy? Charlie Cooper, Michael Kanellos, Stephen Shankland and Jim Kerstetter chew that one over in this week's CNET News.com Reporters' Roundtable, recorded in San Francisco on April 27, 2006.