The Fox in the FOSS Henhouse

Oracle’s proprietary posture may have soiled the welcome mat and vilified its good standing in the FOSS community as CEO Larry Ellison has pushed the balance point between servicing his customers and nickel-and-diming them to turn a higher profit. Clearly, since Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems — and with it OpenOffice and Java — the company has not acted very neighborly with open source developers. Between its handling of OpenOffice and its lawsuit against Google over Java technology, Oracle may be well on its way to becoming the “new M$” in the eyes of the FOSS community.

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