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Sarah Lacy

Back in September, when an audience of 10,000 crammed into San Francisco’s Moscone Center to hear what bad boy CEO Larry Ellison had to say, he was at his most congenial. But he did have snippy words for open source. When asked if he was worried about competitor MySQL following in Linux’s footsteps, he quipped that Linux only gained popularity among CIOs because of the backing of Oracle, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and the like. He argued that MySQL doesn’t have that kind of support and shrugged that Oracle never sees them competitively in the market.

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