|>> ->tell my boss I don't "do anything useful".
|>> So, when are you going to release Oracle8 for Linux?
|>Oh man, now you have me drooling big time. I can't imagine a
|>more mutually beneficial arrangement: Linux gets Oracle, which
|>puts Linux in even higher demand...Oracle gets a free OS on
|>which to run Oracle...
|>Hell, Oracle could *ship* Linux *with* Oracle. Imagine this:
|>Insert CD. Start install. Answer questions...wham, you have
|>Linux up and running with Oracle8. Now *that* would *SELL*.
|Other DBMS vendors are doing this. We have D3/SCO and have been very
|pleased with this class of DBMS, which is said to be able to handle very
|big databases with very big numbers of users, very efficiently. Pick
|Systems *ship* Linux *with* D3 Pro Plus. The default installation is
|for those accustomed to native Pick systems. You don't see Linux unless
|you want to.
|I would encourage Oracle to do the same.
I heard a rumor somebody working for Informix in Japan ported that
database to FreeBSD in his spare time (and unofficially of course). And there
is a mailing-list about how Informix is going to officially port and support
Informix on linux. I lurked on that list for awhile, don't know what the
current state of it is.
I gather that for the big databases companies, the problem is not
that it would be expensive to port but rather to support, and that they
don't think they would sell that much anyway. My own feeling is they wouldn't
be risking that much by giving it a try, and if one of them did try and
was successful, the others would have to play catch up.
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