Open Source Going Mainstream

Oracle Corp. is expected to reveal more about the results of its efforts to undercut Red Hat Inc. on the cost of support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Oracle identified a number of companies a few months ago that it claimed switched to Oracle from Red Hat for support, but Red Hat disputed those claims.

Also expected is more information on Microsoft Corp.'s deals with Novell Inc. and a few other Linux distributors, in which Microsoft says it is working to improve the interoperability of Linux with Windows. Microsoft also caused a stir in the open-source community when it warned in June that Linux violates 235 of its patents, although many in the open source community dismissed the claim as sabre-rattling.

This is also the first LinuxWorld since the adoption of the revised General Public License for use of open-source software, known as GPL v3.

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