February 17, 2006
Does Oracle Understand What It's Buying?
Open Source has become significant enough - as either threat or opportunity - for Oracle to throw about half a Billion into a buying spree of Open Source companies. Do they understand what they've bought? Two of the acquisitions are designed to discomfit MySQL, but MySQL will have no trouble side-stepping Oracle's maneuvering. And Oracle may soon find: you can't really buy an Open Source project. Open Source leader Bruce Perens presents a strategic analysis of Oracle's purchases and their effect on MySQL.