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Posted Apr 21, 2006

IBM to Oracle: you can't buy open source

From the Since-When-Does-Ellison-Get-See-Advice-From-IBM? dept.:
Contrary to Larry Ellison's apparent desire to control Linux, IBM prefers to have at least two independent Linux distributors serving corporate customers, an IBM executive said on Wednesday.

"Our view is that one of the great things about Linux is that you don't have to own it to have the freedom of movement and have whatever stacks you need," said Scott Handy, vice president of Linux and open source at IBM.

...If Oracle did try to buy a Linux distributor, such as Red Hat or Novell, Handy said "we'd stick to our strategy of having two or more independent distributors and have to wait and see what happens."

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