Oracle has a Sun spot

Oracle is pushing itself into a corner, a fantastic money-making corner, but a corner nonetheless.


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Oracle’s cloud infrastructure is perceived as less desirable, as fewer and fewer non-Oracle apps are developed on Sun and Solaris, as this combo is perceived as Oracle-centric. There are no Windows server hosts running on an Oracle Sun cloud; they’re not compatible. Solaris, a traditionally rock-solid Unix foundation, no longer has OpenSolaris community support, not that it was huge to begin with. OpenSolaris has been essentially disbanded along with numerous other open source projects. Indeed I’ve yet to find a single independent cloud hosting environment that will spin up instances of Oracle for you at all. If indeed there are cloud organizations hosting Solaris, they’re certainly not wearing this fact on their sleeve. Oracle’s T4-powered Solaris operating system will run lots of VMs, but not one of those VMs will be Windows and only a few will be non-Oracle Linux.

Open source warmth that Sun’s protagonism (actually conversion) spawned into community warmth has met the test of business model credulity at Oracle, and Oracle seems to have systematically disappointed the FOSS community. The open source community watched Oracle almost immediately toast OpenSolaris and cause splits in MySQL, and OpenOffice. Other actions seem to have caused forks in other formerly Sun-sponsored open source development projects. Adding Oracle Linux was a chess move against Microsoft, but also Red Hat, Attachmate/Novell/SUSE, and Canonical. Red Hat went out of its way to make Oracle Linux more difficult to develop for, somewhat isolating Oracle’s Linux fascination.

Some developers quietly voiced betrayal watching Oracle’s treatment of Java’s licensing in its famous litigation with Google over Android. Sun’s character towards open source development was indeed much different. In all, Oracle has gained few open source advocates, although its distribution of Linux has a few friends, Red Hat not likely among them.

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