Subject: Re: Larry Ellison on FSBs
From: "Ben Tilly" <>
Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2006 09:23:20 -0700

 Tue, 25 Apr 2006 09:23:20 -0700
A decade ago SQL Server was spelled "Sybase clone".  Sybase was the
database leader before Oracle.  I wouldn't call this a disruptive
entry into the database market.  (Though admittedly SQL Server did
tend to run on low-end hardware compared to Oracle.  But that was a
machine issue, not a database one.)


On 4/25/06, Chris Maeda <> wrote:
> A decade ago, Oracle's challenge was Microsoft SQL Server and people said
> the same thing about how Oracle's core business would evaporate.  My point
> is that open source is just another player on the low end of the database
> market and will do little to speed up a process that had already been going
> on before open source showed up.
> On 4/24/06, Ben Tilly <> wrote:
> >
> On 4/24/06, Chris Maeda <> wrote:
> > But people have
> > been saying that Oracle's core business has been doomed for at least a
> > decade.
> Um, a decade ago the phrase "open source" had not yet been coined.
> And it was far from obvious that open source databases were going to
> become important.