Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Jul 2011 11:27 UTC
Google And the patent and lawsuit related news just keeps on coming. Sorry. Anywho, this one's a doozy. As we all know, Oracle - led by Larry Elison, who just so happens to be one of Steve Jobs' best friends, but this is of course entirely coincidental - is suing the crap out of Google over the use of Java in Android, claiming not only patent but also copyright infringement. Well, when Sun was still on its own, its CEO, Jonathan Schwarz, publicly and explicitly endorsed Android's use of Java in a blog post - a post that has since been removed by Oracle. But, as we all know, the internet never forgets.
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RE[3]: Google deserves it
by nicholasj on Tue 26th Jul 2011 17:56 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Google deserves it"
nicholasj
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2008-12-10

I'm not completely comfortable with Google's dominance, but there are demonstrable differences in attitude and behaviour between Google and Oracle.

Google appears to fundamentally understand it must continue to earn customer loyalty through furious innovation in order to maintain its market position.

By contrast, it is difficult to point to many concrete innovations in Oracle's core "cash cow" enterprise software products in the last five years - they appear all too willing to do everything possible to lock-in organisations and milk them for annual maintenance revenues.

Most large IT vendors get to the point where much of their growth is by acquisition. Some genuinely acquire strategically useful capabilities and work hard at integrating the acquired technology with their existing products. Others simply 'buy and milk-dry'.

Oracle's recent behaviour is just sleazy. The "redistribution" of RHEL is one OSnews-relevant example - what value were they really adding with a 100% binary compatible clone?

And this - frankly disgusting - patent-license grab is another; with any luck the case will be thrown out. Can you seriously imagine Google acquiring ailing companies to build a patent portfolio simply in order to 'tax' innovative companies? (Nortel was for defensive reasons).

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