Oracle-SAP (now Google) mud-match explained, without all the screaming

Despite all the fog and noise, Oracle appears to have a good case against SAP

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To a journalist writing about court cases, a little drama is a godsend. So, by rights, every writer in the IT press should send thank-you emails to Oracle'sLarry Ellison and former HP CEO Mark Hurd (and now Google, too) for the dysfunctional reality-TV family drama they've played out across our screens for weeks.

At some point it just becomes annoying.

So if you're looking for a straight, balanced explanation of what really does look like outrageously bad behavior by a subsidiary of SAP (part of which it appears to have conceded), look here. It's the clearest and least mucky I've seen.

And if your patience for IT-industry-ego antics is greater than mine, or if the drama, not the code theft, tells you what you more than the case itself, let me know that, too. Sometimes it's not a good thing to tune out pointless screaming. 

Kevin Fogarty writes about enterprise IT for ITworld. Follow him on Twitter @KevinFogarty.

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