Open Source, Java, and Oracle - Cracking the Code

OSCON might be an odd place to say that Oracle doesn't have an open source strategy. Rather, it has a large company strategy to deliver complete, open and integrated solutions to their customers. Steve Harris, Senior VP, App Server Dev, Oracle, said just this in his keynote at OSCON Java yesterday. To explain how Oracle thinks of open source, Harris said that the company does not have a top-down strategy around open source, but rather individual lines of business have open source strategies to meet business needs. In relation to Java, which resides in the Oracle Middleware line of business, the priority is to keep Java vibrant with increased investment in platform, continuing to move towards free and open, and to improve support for the Java developer community. In a nod to Oracle's understanding of perceptions about Oracle in the open source community, Steve Harris introduced the humorous "Perceived Open Source Threat Level" graphic and said "We’re not where we should be, but it has gotten better and it will get better. ”

Watch the keynote, courtesy O'Reilly Media.

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