__/ [ mlw ] on Friday 03 March 2006 13:23 \__
> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> Say what you will...
>> ,----[ ]
>> | MARCH 02, 2006 (IDG NEWS SERVICE) - The success of Linux and other
>> | open-source projects has depended heavily on the support and investment
>> | of major IT companies, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said on Thursday.
>> | "Open-source becomes successful when major industrial corporations
>> | invest heavily in that open-source project," Ellison said at a Tokyo
>> | news conference. "Every open-source product that has become tremendously
>> | successful became successful because of huge dollar investments from
>> | commercial IT operations like IBM, Intel, Oracle and others," he said.
>> | He highlighted his own company's work in developing and promoting Linux
>> | and said the operating system would not have enjoyed the success that it
>> | has without vendor backing.
>> | "There's a lot of romantic notions about open-source," Ellison said.
>> | "That just from the air these developers contribute and don't charge.
>> | Let me tell you the names of the companies that developed Linux: IBM,
>> | Intel, Oracle -- not a community of people who think everything should
>> | be free. Open-source is not a communist movement."
>> | [...]
> What a looser. Linux was gaining popularity *before* Oracle ran on it. Yes,
> a lot of open source projects have benefited by corporate investment, but
> they were there and gaining popularity *before* corporate investment. Big
> corporations benefit from open source, by adding resources, they have
> benefitted even more.
> Just because they give money, doesn't mean that they run the party. What's
> the difference between god and Larry Ellison? God doesn't think he's Larry
I think we should GPL Ellison and send him downstairs for Satan to fork.
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