June 25, 2009, 10:55 am
Oracle has gone on a buying spree in the past few years, consolidating an impressive portfolio of market-leading technology. One thing, however, Oracle still lacks, despite awkward efforts to fill the void: an operating system. Though Oracle has unsuccessfully courted Red Hat as an acquisition target for years, its affections might be better placed on Ubuntu.
Yes, by acquiring Sun Oracle gained Solaris, but as Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst indicated in the Red Hat earnings call on Wednesday, the exodus of Solaris-to-Linux users continues apace, with Sun's attempt to neutralize Linux's appeal with OpenSolaris have zero effect on stopping the exodus.