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|Originally Published: Sunday, 20 August 2000||Author: Jeff White|
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Enterprise and Linux
Just recently Caldera Systems, Inc. acquired much of the Santa Cruz Operation, Inc. creating the Open Internet Platform while Oracle announced its plans to support Linux by releasing an enterprise-level application server for Linux, the Oracle Internet Application Server 8I(iAS).
It seems that more and more of the larger coorperations are delving into Linux as fast as they can port their products. What kind of impact will this have on the growth and expansion of Linux and the Linux community?
The first thing that comes to mind is that a large, if not the largest, Database Management Systems organization, Oracle, begins to create its solid foundation in the Linux world. With this in mind, I believe many current organizations which utilize the Database giant, Oracle, will change their DBMS servers into Linux with Oracle 8I(iAS). This will, in return, create more jobs and fuel the current Linux and enterprise-level Linux development process and strategy.
Could the reason why many larger coorporations are gaining more and more interest and porting their software to run on Linux be because they are trying to monopolize the development of Linux towards their particular product? Could this be the beginning of a "Our software runs in Linux" rat race? It seems that a company, whose software doesn't run on Linux, will profit from porting and developing their software to run on Linux.
The Linux Community will be enlarged with a new and highly-skilled DBMS workforce. Together, the documentation project and other spin-off application development will continue to flourish with the new involvment of Oracle into the otherwise non-enterprise-level Linux distributions.
Everyone and their grandmother uses or wants to use Linux these days. People are making considerable amounts of money and everyone is starting their own small consulting businesses. All this and much more from a side project that turned into an obsession. Does the involvement and attention, from larger and highly reputable organizations, help progress the evolution of Linux?
Oracle plans on selling its product through its regular channels as well as making the Oracle 8iAS trialversion available to Caldera Systems, SuSE, TurboLinux, and VA Linux Systems.