Stop! Pay Larry.
Oracle (NYSE:ORCL) is ruffling penguin feathers with its latest salvo against open source. Without a hint of irony, the company known for open-source projects such as Java and MySQL is telling military customers to ditch free software—in preference to its own, proprietary code, natch.
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An even-handed Simon Sharwood says Oracle's criticism "may well turn some heads":
[The] premise is that...the USA's Department of Defense (DoD) could think it is possible to save money if they “... avoid buying commercial software...by starting with open source.” [It] goes on to explain why...paying Oracle for commercial software is a much more sensible thing.
The paper's not blind to Oracle's own reliance on open source...but insist[s] open source only makes sense when someone like Oracle takes the time to integrate it. ... Its tone, narrative and a section recounting problems with...open source all suggest strongly that...open source software is a silly idea for the DoD to contemplate.
For example...“For the intensive, mission-critical capabilities required by most DoD projects, Oracle recommends its flagship commercial software products.” MORE
Matt Asay says "Oracle is an odd beast":
Oracle has a highly conflicted relationship with open source. ... But given how much of Oracle's business depends upon a steady stream of big, upfront license deals [and] maintenance fees, it's not surprising Oracle damns open source with faint praise.
The DOD has demonstrated a long-standing willingness to entrust serious, mission-critical applications to open source. [It] has continually agitated for more open source within the U.S. military. ... Open source adoption at the DOD remains rampant and robust.
Oracle argues that open source is more expensive than its proprietary software. ... The DOD offers this response: ... "OSS COTS...often has lower total cost-of-ownership than proprietary COTS. ... [It] squeezes financial waste out of the equation by reducing lock-in and increasing competition." ... Oracle's other big myth is that open source is inherently not reliable. ... The DOD, however, disagrees. MORE
And Jim Lynch states the obvious:
Oracle has never been shy about promoting its products. ... So Oracle is positioning its products as more viable alternatives? ... Wow, big shocker.
[But] perhaps Oracle is being just a tad bit too self-serving with this white paper? It sounds like something Microsoft would have produced. MORE
So Swapnil Bhartiya gets fund-a-mental:
By acquiring Sun Microsystems, Oracle became one of the significant Open Source players. However, the way company handled core Open Source projects (OpenOffice and MySQL), they failed to earn any respect. ... Then Oracle attacked Android...and failed miserably – losing any respect that was left.
At the same time Oracle is known as one of the most ruthless companies which sells their services at extremely high cost. ... Looks like Oracle needs a reality check. MORE
Meanwhile, Nick Farrell aims to irritate both sides:
Oracle has...become public enemy number one amongst the weirdie beardy penguin fans. ... It repeats everything that proprietary outfits have been saying about Open Sauce for years...exactly the sort of stuff which Microsoft was releasing...until it worked out that it was better to have open source on its side.
Apparently, only proprietary code is low on defects and well documented. MORE