I used to work for this company and they were starting out with Oracle when I first joined. They grown to about 350K employees worldwide before diving down in dot com burst.Originally Posted by Tyr_7BE
Anyway, I think what you said is correct. Oracle is an excellent database for mid to enterprise level companies. They have an army of consultants as well as business services that a few companies can match. My Enterprise DB remains AS400 from IBM but that thing is a monster. But once you get set up and all, it's a very robust DB though.
Back to Oracle. Even Sybase or Informatica can't really compete with Oracle. Oracle is just plain better.
The last time I installed MySQL as a few days ago when I test installed ecommerce system for my local pottery shop. All I did was apt-get install mysql mysql-navigator . Then fireup mysql navigator and rightclick on databases, give it a name and I'm in business (aside from getting web server to work) with database backend.When you install MySQL, it's as simple as a double-click (or clicking "OK" in the case of a linux system with graphical package manager).
Oracle has its large background in other Unixes such as HPUX/Solaris/AIX but mainly also do Windows NT stuff. So Linux probably is new to them. That probably why the client install of Oracle was a pain.
Honestly though, it would be a good thing if they buy a Linux company. That would give a valid reputation of Linux as being backed by large established companies. It would be almost the same as when Novell bought SuSE. It could only do many good to the Linux world.
Whether Oracle will be good is another matter to be seen. They have enterprise level experiences. Heck, they own pretty much the whole business side of computing world except IBM. They own PeopleSoft, Profitlogic, SleepyCat, Retek as well as Siebel.
The least we can get from this deal if it goes though is that Linux was noticable enough to have global software powerhouses to notice (except may be M$). If they want to threw away a billion buck to it, that's Larry's problem. Linux will never fallen. Others will rise and take up the case with fallen ones much like Ubuntu came in strong in the face of Debian spawn distros flatter such as StormLinux. Fedora is still leading the way with RPM crowd as well.
If you know something about Larry Allison, you wouldn't surprised his moves. He will NOT do anything that won't make him more money. He is purely business without any emotions. I'm sure thousands of other analysis will take the same kind of reaction as well and probably hail other Linux software makers such as Red Hat.