Larry Ellison is not one to keep his feelings to himself. The demonstrative Oracle CEO proved that once again in an e-mail he sent to the New York Times castigating the HP board for asking Mark Hurd to step down following a sexual harassment suit and some fraudulent expense reports.
"The HP board just made the worst personnel decision since the idiots on the Apple board fired Steve Jobs many years ago," said Ellison. "That decision nearly destroyed Apple and would have if Steve hadn't come back and saved them."
Oracle's plans for MySQL, the open-source database that was -- to put it mildly -- a stumbling block in the company's long-delayed acquisition of Sun, are about to become a little clearer.
Edward Screven, Oracle's chief corporate architect, is set to outline the company's MySQL strategy during the keynote address at the O'Reilly MySQL Conference on April 13. According to Oracle, the talk will cover its investment in MySQL and its user communities, "and the role that open source is playing within heterogeneous customer environments around the world."
In a letter to Sun employees, CEO Jonathan Schwartz spreads the praise around the organization and encourages staff who will stay with the company to look ahead.
"For those that have roles at Oracle, may you start with a clean slate, ready to take on the myriad opportunities ahead. With the same passion and tenacity for Oracle's success that you've had for Sun's, and a renewed sense of energy around executing on a far broader mission."
Ok, I know, netbooks aren't viewed by everyone right now as any type of enterprise play, but I believe that will change in short order especially now that another big player has jumped on the wagon.
Today Oracle announced it's the latest vendor to see the value in pushing netbooks out and it's a very very smart move in light of acquiring Sun. The Reuters report quotes Oracle's top honcho Larry Ellison as saying it's a natural move given how the portable Web-centric devices could easily run on Java.