One of the silliest obsessions open source users have had to deal with this year has been Oracle.
Oracle has bought some small open source companies. Oracle has played the FUD game regarding buying other, bigger open source companies.
But in the end, Oracle finally admitted today, it's just a game. As President Charles Phillips said, "In the end, you don’t end up owning the IP [intellectual property] behind it."
This just in. Snow is frozen water.
In a closed source world both customers and employees were "locked in" to the IP. It was hard to switch vendors (or employers) and the companies profited.
In an open source world it is very different. Customers can switch open source vendors at a stroke. Employees who know their stuff can move, even go out on their own, without major penalty.
This is called transparency. It minimizes profits, maintains competition, enhances value and makes sure good ideas cannot be squashed. It is true that profits are harder to scale in such an environment, but at least Oracle now understands that.
And we can all move on.