Monday, April 17, 2006

Red Hat Buys JBoss, Eyes on Novell...and Oracle

The Open Source landscape has altered a bit, and is changing every day. It seems like everyone wants to get a piece of the action. First, not just a week ago, Microsoft will be supporting Linux on their Virtual Server, and they started a Linux / Open Source Website. Then Red Hat declared on Monday that it's buying JBoss, the leading Application Server Environment for Open Source. People were wondering what Novell was going to do next since the the talk was that Novell was looking at buying JBoss as well. Novell includes JBoss technology with SLES and the new SUSE Linux 10. Novell also allows calls through their Tech Support lines. What's going to happen to Novell now?

Well we may not have to wait long. Oracle, the second largest software company in the world is now looking into providing an Oracle flavor of Linux. In fact they are seriously looking in the direction of Novell to provide this.

This would be a great equalizer not only to the Open Source arena, but the entire software industry as a whole. Novell has great software. Oracle has great software and good marketing. Larry Ellison of Oracle is very envious of Microsoft and wants to take 'em on.

Wait I'm having Deja Vu! I've been here before! Ray Noorda bought WordPerfect and.... well let's hope history doesn't repeat itself.

- Bucky

Oracle Confirms Ellison has sights on Novell

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