There has been much chatter about Oracle’s possible plans to acquire open source company JBoss, but I’m hearing that there’s much more to it than Oracle buying a single open source company
The gist: Larry Ellison has allegedly cooked up a plan to do a wide-ranging roll-up of companies in the open-source space. Not just JBoss, but a host of others, from Spikesource to Zend, and more inbetween. About the only sizable o/s company left standing would be Red Hat.
If true — and admittedly it initially struck as nutty wishful thinking from exit-hungry investors in open-source companies — it would be a dramatic out-flanking move by Oracle. They could take the rhetorical high ground in enterprise software marketing, beating relentlessly on Microsoft for its “closed source” product, while building complimentary support businesses for its newly-expanded open- and closed-source products.