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Oracle Open-Sources GraphPipe to Support ML Development

Oracle has open-sourced GraphPipe to enhance machine learning applications. The project's goal is to improve deployment results for machine learning models, noted Project Leader Vish Abrams. That process includes creating an open standard. The company has a questionable relationship with open source...

Oracle’s Java Case Takes Another Battering With API Ruling

With a ruling from United States District Judge William Alsup that application programming interfaces cannot be copyrighted, it appears Oracle's lost yet another battle against Google over Java. However, the war is not over. Oracle has indicated it will appeal, and the judge has indicated that Oracl...

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Oracle’s Patent ‘Disaster’: Beginning of a Bright New Era?

It's been an eventful year already here in the Linux blogosphere, but it seems fair to say few events have drawn as much attention as the Oracle v. Google trial. Bloggers have been discussing it for weeks already, of course, but developments last week brought forth nothing less than dancing in the ...

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Oracle v. Google: The Trial and the Errors

With all the fabulous and exciting technologies to talk about here in the world of FOSS -- the shiny, brand-spankin'-new Ubuntu Linux 12.04, to name just one -- it always seems a crying shame to have to waste any breath at all discussing lawsuits. Discuss them we must, however, because in today's li...

Oracle, Google Fisticuffs Begin in Earnest

While it won't likely go down as the "trial of the century," the legal showdown between Oracle and Google that began in San Francisco federal court on Monday could still be quite significant. The case has already been characterized as "the World Series of IP cases" by U.S. District Judge William Als...

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Oracle and OpenOffice: The Final Insult

Things are never dull here in the Linux blogosphere, but there's no doubt they would be a whole lot less entertaining without Oracle. How else, after all, would we get the opportunity to ride on a thrilling emotional roller coaster such as the one Oracle's had us on since it acquired Sun? Regarding ...

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Oracle’s OpenOffice Surrender

It's hard to believe that it was only about six months ago that LibreOffice was born. The free and open source productivity software suite was created, of course, in response to Oracle's unclear intentions regarding OpenOffice.org, which had long been the community's suite of choice. At the time, Or...

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Oracle: Bull in the FOSS China Shop

After all the many open source missteps Oracle has made this fall, one might think the company would be at least starting to get a clue right about now. We've seen the lawsuit against Google; we've seen the demise of OpenSolaris. There's been the emergence of the MySQL fork known as SkySQL; there's ...

Oracle Tightens Its Grip, Apache Slips Through Its Fingers

In protest over what it sees as excessive control over Java by Oracle, the Apache Software Foundation has resigned from the Java SE/EE Executive Committee on Thursday. Apache has served on the Java Executive Committee for more than 10 years. Apache's departure follows the EC's approval of the specif...

Google Files Steamed Response to Oracle’s Java Claims

Google has responded to Oracle's lawsuit alleging that it infringed on its Java patents by going on the offensive. Oracle has made an about-face on its support for open source licensing, Google maintains in a response filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Before O...

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Oracle’s New Kernel: Custom Tuning or Proprietary Lock-In?

Ever since the recent OpenSolaris and Java lawsuit incidents, Oracle has not been high on most FOSS aficionados' lists of favorite companies. So when the company announced earlier this month that it was abandoning RHEL in favor of its own, homemade Linux kernel -- the "Unbreakable" Linux Kernel -- i...

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Much Seen but Little Hurd at Oracle’s OpenWorld

As spectators crowded in to see keynote speeches Monday at Oracle's OpenWorld 2010, the question on everyone's lips was: What's Mark Hurd going to say? The recently ousted HP CEO was hired by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison shortly after Hurd left HP amid a scandal involving a female contractor and fudged ...

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Is Oracle Becoming the New Microsoft?

"Oracles are dumb," the great John Milton once wrote, and though it may not be the meaning he intended, that's a fair description of the prevailing sentiment in the Linux blogosphere these days. It's a single Oracle being referred to today, of course -- Oracle Corporation, that is, owner of Sun, jea...

Snuffing Out OpenSolaris Dims Oracle’s Light in FOSS Community

Just a day after Oracle filed suit against Google for its use of Java in Android, the FOSS community received another blow at the hands of the tech giant in the form of news that it plans to kill the OpenSolaris project. "This is a terrible sendoff for countless hours of work -- for quality software...

Oracle Lawsuit Claims Google Slurped Its Java

Oracle on Thursday filed suit against Google for patent and copyright infringement in the latter's development of the Android operating system. Google "knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle's Java-related intellectual property," according to the suite, which "seeks appropriate remedies...

EnterpriseDB Smooths Way for Oracle App Migration

EnterpriseDB, which has commercialized the PostgreSQL open source database, announced on Tuesday the fifth version of its Postgres Plus Advanced Server. This latest version of EnterpriseDB's relational database management system is designed to let users easily migrate more Oracle applications in ord...

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Oracle and Sun: Match Made in Hades?

Such was the excitement over Jaunty Jackalope's arrival last week, that the tremors are still reverberating throughout the blogosphere. It's been a virtual parade of reviews and first impressions, in fact, with the gradual addition of hands-on tips and advice. Lifehacker, for example, posted a "Top ...

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Will Oracle’s Beehive Sting Microsoft Where It Hurts?

You have to give Oracle credit for persistence. The software giant has been trying to build out its groupware business for nearly 10 years, and has as yet modest success. Now, with Beehive, the next generation of its collaboration suite, Oracle may be sniffing some fresh and meaningful blood in the ...

Oracle Challenges VMware With Virtualization Play

Taking on entrenched players in the virtualization realm, including VMware, Oracle has unveiled a new server virtualization software product that it claims is much more efficient than its competitors' offerings. Oracle is touting the product, Oracle VM, as being faster, cheaper and scalable. It was ...

Ellison Claims Yahoo as Oracle Linux Convert

Yahoo has become Oracle's first big Linux client, Larry Ellison, chief executive officer of Oracle, announced this week during a conference call with analysts on the company's third-quarter financial results. Though his company is still in its early days with its Linux support offering, Ellison said...

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