Say what you will...
| MARCH 02, 2006 (IDG NEWS SERVICE) - The success of Linux and other
| open-source projects has depended heavily on the support and investment of
| major IT companies, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said on Thursday.
| "Open-source becomes successful when major industrial corporations invest
| heavily in that open-source project," Ellison said at a Tokyo news
| conference. "Every open-source product that has become tremendously
| successful became successful because of huge dollar investments from
| commercial IT operations like IBM, Intel, Oracle and others," he said.
| He highlighted his own company's work in developing and promoting Linux and
| said the operating system would not have enjoyed the success that it has
| without vendor backing.
| "There's a lot of romantic notions about open-source," Ellison said. "That
| just from the air these developers contribute and don't charge. Let me tell
| you the names of the companies that developed Linux: IBM, Intel, Oracle --
| not a community of people who think everything should be free. Open-source
| is not a communist movement."