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Oracle Developers Switch Allegiance to Linux.



By Jason Stamper

Oracle Corp's army of about 5,000 internal applications developers have migrated from Unix on RISC RISC
 in full Reduced Instruction Set Computing

Computer architecture that uses a limited number of instructions. RISC became popular in microprocessors in the 1980s.
 to Linux on Intel, ComputerWire has learned.

Reflecting the increasing strategic importance of the Linux operating system operating system (OS)

Software that controls the operation of a computer, directs the input and output of data, keeps track of files, and controls the processing of computer programs.
 to the company, Oracle's entire application development staff now run their various application development tools on centralized Linux servers, atop the Red Hat Advanced Server 2.1 distribution.

The company has used Tarantella's thin client-server software for the past three years to enable the developers' development environments to be hosted centrally. Tarantella's software also enables developers to log in to their customized development environments from any networked computer in any location.

Tarantella tarantella (târ`əntĕl`ə), Neapolitan folk dance that first appeared in Taranto, Italy, in the 17th cent. It had rapid 6–8 meter with an increasing tempo and was thought to cure the bite of the tarantula, which supposedly  has been in the news for all the wrong reasons recently, having had to make a number of cutbacks after poor quarterly sales. The company has also been delisted from Nasdaq, and is being investigated by the SEC over alleged "unauthorized practices" this summer that involved a $600,000 financial restatement. It also recently raised $2.2m in a stock placement to keep its head above water.

Meanwhile, Dave Dargo, Oracle's VP of the Linux Program Office, confirmed the developers' move to Linux. Highlighting the growth in enthusiasm for Linux both within the company and among its customers, Dargo said that of the company's 400 largest customers who use server racks, one year ago none were running Linux, while today 15% are using the open source operating system. Additionally, of customers installing Oracle's recently-launched Collaboration Suite, 75% are running it on Linux.

As for what impact SCO's recent lawsuits have had on the uptake of Linux, Dargo said: "If anything interest in Linux has grown among our customers." He said: "[Oracle has] seen nothing [from SCO (The SCO Group, Lindon, UT, www.sco.com) A leading vendor of Unix operating systems for the x86 platform. SCO had also offered Linux, but abandoned the line in the spring of 2003. The SCO Group is the combination of two companies: Utah-based Caldera, Inc. ] that tells us we should change our position, development, or advocacy of Linux."

Dargo also said that Oracle's developers who are building software for Linux are "compartmentalized com·part·men·tal·ize  
tr.v. com·part·men·tal·ized, com·part·men·tal·iz·ing, com·part·men·tal·iz·es
To separate into distinct parts, categories, or compartments: "You learn . . .
", so that there is no chance of cross-contamination between Linux and Oracle code. Oracle continues to develop applications and infrastructure software for Unix and Windows platforms as well as Linux.

Dargo said that Oracle would also continue to work with the open source community to help to scale Linux to larger servers. However, he said that it is even more important that Oracle enables its customers to "scale out", since the imminent launches of Oracle's Application Server 10g and Database 10g will usher in Verb 1. usher in - be a precursor of; "The fall of the Berlin Wall ushered in the post-Cold War period"
inaugurate, introduce

commence, lead off, start, begin - set in motion, cause to start; "The U.S.
 what it calls grid computing grid computing, the concurrent application of the processing and data storage resources of many computers in a network to a single problem. It also can be used for load balancing as well as high availability by employing multiple computers—typically personal .

"Microsoft is trying to scale [Windows] to 32-way and 64-way servers," said Dargo. "We've already done that, so what we want to do is scale out instead." Dargo said that there will be a "symbiotic symbiotic /sym·bi·ot·ic/ (sim?bi-ot´ik) associated in symbiosis; living together.

sym·bi·ot·ic
adj.
Of, resembling, or relating to symbiosis.
" relationship between the Oracle 10g See Oracle database.  products when they are launched, and Linux, since many customers taking advantage of the clustering and virtualization technology of 10g will also take advantage of the relatively low cost of Intel servers running Linux.
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