Eye on Oracle

Mar 7 2007   6:51PM GMT

Oracle’s open source aspirations

Derek Kuhr Derek Kuhr Profile: Derek Kuhr

Oracle made some open source headlines this week at the EclipseCon Eclipse Foundation conference, announcing that it had open sourced Oracle TopLink, the database giant’s Java persistence framework. Oracle also announced that it had risen to the level of board member of Eclipse — an open source community formed to create and innovate an open source development platform — and said they’re also proposing that TopLink make up the foundation of a new project aimed at providing a comprehensive, open source persistence platform.  

Now I’m no expert on open source projects. In fact, I’m not much of an expert on anything, save for Star Trek and Ring Dings. But I think it’s clear that there is some significance here — especially if you think about what Oracle’s ongoing support for an open source development framework could one day mean for Microsoft’s .Net platform.  

Oracle seems to have endless resources at its fingertips.  If the company continues to support Eclipse, and if open source in general continues to grow its appeal to enterprises, it’s not hard to imagine Eclipse one day coming up with a viable alternative to .Net. At the very least they should at least be able to come up with something that’s steals at least some of that market share from Redmond.

Could an open source development project steal customers from Microsoft? Is Oracle’s growing support of open source going to make a difference in the long run? Let’s hear what you think.

 — Mark Brunelli, News Editor

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