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Oracle attacks Open Source; says community developed code is inferior

Oracle has a love hate relationship with Open Source technologies. While by acquiring Sun Microsystem Oracle became one of the significant Open Source players. However the way company handled core Open Source projects (OpenOffice and MySQL) they failed to earn any respect from the Free Software community. Then Oracle attacked Android with its Java and failed miserably – losing any respect that was left.

At the same time Oracle is known as one of the most ruthless companies which sells their services at extremely high cost. Recently the company was sued by the US government for overcharging (meaning taxpayers overpaid for Oracle products).

Now the company is busy spreading non-sense against Open Source use by government. Oracle has published a paper in which it regurgitates the rhetorical that one can expect from proprietary companies.

Oracle claims that TCO (total cost of ownership) goes up with the use of Open Source technologies, basically to build a case of selling its own over prices products to the government.

Oracle paper says:

At first glance it might seem that DoD organizations can avoid buying commercial software products simply by starting with open source software and developing their own applications. As we will see, total cost of ownership (TCO) for open source software often exceeds that of commercial software. While minimizing capital expenses by acquiring “free” open source software is appealing, the up front cost of any software endeavor represents only a small fraction of the total outlay over the lifecycle of ownership and usage. And while cost effectiveness is important, it must be carefully weighed against mission – effectiveness.

Government sponsored community development approaches to software creation lack the financial incentives of commercial companies to produce low defect, well documented code and are not subject to the same market pressure at the software code level.

 

Community developed code is inferior

Oracle also attacks the community based development model calling it more insecure than company developed products.

Government sponsored community development approaches to software creation lack the financial incentives of commercial companies to produce low defect, well documented code and are not subject to the same market pressure at the software code level. Oracle helps ensure that open source software fits well within the surrounding infrastructure and provides a route to enterprise grade production. However, for the intensive, mission critical capabilities required by most DoD projects, Oracle recommends its flagship commercial software products.

Looks like Oracle needs a reality check on its own Java insecurity; how Adobe Flash is a cracker’s heaven; how Internet Explorer and Windows are uses a ‘tools’ by cracker to hijack computers. All these products are developed privately by extremely rich proprietary companies.

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The paper is full of a lot of non-sense against Open Source which you can read here.

Swapnil Bhartiya

A free software fund-a-mental-ist and Charles Bukowski fan, Swapnil also writes fiction and tries to find cracks in the paper armours of proprietary companies. Swapnil has been covering Linux and Free Software/Open Source since 2005.

23 Comments

  1. Oracle thinks that buying some development and put Oracle-LOGO in this is better than apport lines of code to an Open Source project… xD

  2. This is extremely funny to me, because I work with Oracle UCM and the calendar picker is built using YUI. A free, open source JavaScript and CSS library for building richly interactive web applications.

  3. Pretty sure this came from The Register first – be cool and link, okay? http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/10/15/oracle_says_open_source_has_no_place_in_military_apps/

    • No. I did not even see The Register story. I was forwarded the PDF. I always give credit where due.

  4. “Oracle attacks Open Source”
    Oracle tells the truth about Open Source. FTFY. You’re welcome.

  5. I work as a developer in a research company. We pay over $8000 per month for Oracle licences, plain vanilla services. I’m slowly and not so secretly modifying our software to be database independent. When that day comes, Oracle will be kicked to the curb and replaced with PostgreSQL or something similar. Good riddance.

  6. Of course it’s better, what’s not better about waiting 6 months to have basic packet tagging bugs fixed in your Enterprise Linux platform just to have the bug closed because there isn’t enough data even though all of the data required to fix the bug has been provided, right Oracle?

    OEL is the best platform I’ve had the pleasure of dumping..

    • Perhaps your problem was picking OEL instead of RHEL just because it’s cheaper. Oracle claims OEL is the same as Red Hat Enterprise Linux; but if they fix bugs you report and that Red Hat doesn’t know about, then their code will not be the same as RHEL, will it?

      • Actually, it will be, because if Oracle doesn’t ‘upstream’ these
        changes they’ll have to ‘forward-port’ the changes indefinitely which is
        really expensive.

        If the changes went upstream, they will end up in other Linux distributions.

        If Oracle decides to do their own thing with Linux all they want, they won’t be compatible anymore.

        Anyway Solaris has an open source fork outside of Oracle, MySQL has an open source fork outside of Oracle, OpenOffice has an open source fork outside of Oracle and then Oracle donated OpenOffice to Apache Foundation. Code from the Apache Foundation can be added to LibreOffice, but code from LibreOffice can’t be added to OpenOffice. So any new features in OpenOffice can be added to LibreOffice but not the other way around.

        I think people in the open source community just don’t trust Oracle:

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zRN7XLCRhc

        I hear there are people who are moving their Oracle workload to PostgreSQL.

        All new development around Java at Oracle as far as I know is done around OpenJDK, a GPL-project.

        So really, how relevant is Oracle to the open source community ?

        • “I think people in the open source community just don’t trust Oracle:”

          With good reason.

      • I didn’t pick OEL, I inherited it so that assumption is factually false. Cost may have been a factor in the decision, but Oracle strongly “recommends” OEL for Oracle DB.

  7. Nice example: http://www.ihmc.us/groups/fastrunner/ (DARPA funded and the scientist/graduates fellars cheer its open source objective). Well, nice, you know what I mean, not.

  8. The name of their “flagship” linux OS is ludicrous!

    “Unbreakable” wait what?! :D

    Wherever possible I deploy CentOS, when there is a requirement for testing..

  9. ” … sued by the US government for overcharging (meaning taxpayers overpaid for Oracle products.”

    USA thinking is so strange. In Australia, our government represents all its citizens: about-to-be-born, new-born, imprisoned, comatose, etc. Now I understand why Obama-care is so anti-USA; it is against tax-payers, like Oracle.

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