Oracle will do, or not do, whatever they’ve planned, said Tim Yeaton, Red Hat senior VP of worldwide marketing and general manager of products on the recent speculation from investment bank Jefferies and Co that Oracle is about to enter the Linux business.
In the end we’re going to do what the customers want, independently of what Oracle chooses to do, he added, maintaining additionally that there has been no change in the relationship between Red Hat and Oracle in recent months. In the field and in engineering, our relationship with Oracle is very strong.
Jefferies analyst, Katherine Egbert, stated in a research note recently that Oracle was in the process of working to certify its products with the Ubuntu distribution and speculated: The relationship between Oracle and Ubuntu seems to have come together rather quickly, and is perhaps the fallout from an attempt by Red Hat and Oracle to work more closely together.
Egbert said she thought Oracle could introduce a dedicated hardware or software appliance running Ubuntu and its own software, prompting a 6% drop in Red Hat’s share price.