[ubuntu-my] Is Oracle Evil?

Ghodmode ghodmode at ghodmode.com
Tue Dec 21 02:37:22 GMT 2010

I just want to play devil's advocate a little bit here...

Oracle might not be guilty of any action against LibreOffice, TDF, or its
supporters (yet?).  I read an article that explains how the OOo CC members
who asked TDF supporters to resign were not acting on behalf of their


The openness of Google's mobile operating system is considered a facade by
some people and their attempt to integrate Android into the main Linux
kernel has already been rejected once because the code was "unmaintained"
even though development on the "private" branches has been continuous.
Could Oracle's lawsuit against them be considered a fair attack in the war
that Google doesn't want us to know it is waging?


I guess the moral of the story here is that none of these companies can
really be fully loved or hated.


Vince Aggrippino
a.k.a. Ghodmode

For more information, or a sample of my work, visit my site at

On Sat, Dec 18, 2010 at 10:02 PM, Ghodmode <ghodmode at ghodmode.com> wrote:

>  Boy I sure stirred up some flames with my post about Novell on the Ubuntu
> Malaysia Mailing list ("Novell, Open Source? ... Hah!" :
> https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-my/2010-December/003381.html).
> The ongoing conversation has turned to an even bigger villain: Oracle.
> They killed OpenSolaris and sued Google for their Java implementation.
> We're not sure what they're going to do with OpenOffice, but now we have
> LibreOffice.  And we're worried about what they're going to do to MySQL and
> VirtualBox.
> Professionally, I have a long history with Oracle's proprietary products
> that precedes my awareness of FLOSS <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FLOSS>.
> At first, I was just going to continue replying to the email thread, but I
> wanted better exposure and, hopefully, more feedback.  So I wrote a blog
> entry...
> http://www.ghodmode.com/blog/2010/12/is-oracle-evil/
> I'm cross-posting this email to a couple of related mailing lists as well
> as BCC-ing a few people in this field whose opinion I respect.
> Please take a look and, if you have anything to add, comment on the
> article.  It's a quick read, but I've linked to some other related stories
> that are also good reads.  Incidentally, those stories also link to other
> related stories that also link to other related stories... They're all good
> reads and this has kept me busy for a week :-}
> Thank you.
> --
> Vince Aggrippino
> a.k.a. Ghodmode
> For more information, or a sample of my work, visit my site at
> www.ghodmode.com
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