from the can-you-feel-the-heat dept.
Rob writes "The previously rosy relationship between Oracle Corp and Red Hat Inc appears to have
soured following Red Hat's acquisition of JBoss Inc and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison's
suggestion that his company could move into the Linux business. Red Hat's chief executive,
Matthew Szulik, has written in response to a recent interview with Ellison in which
Ellison suggested the company would be interested in distributing and supporting Linux.
"Is it possible that the dominant provider of databases feels pressure from its
long-time partner, Red Hat, because of our recent purchase of an open source middleware
company, JBoss?" Szulik asked, although
he also played down suggestions of a "showdown" between the two companies."
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