While eyes were drawn to Novell as a potential acquisition target for Oracle, a far less expensive Linux distribution
was also mentioned as a better fit for the database giant-turned-open-source advocate. The distro was Ubuntu, the most popular Linux flavor, according to the user community site DistroWatch.com. Larry Ellison, Oracle’s chairman and CEO, recently made some public comments about wanting his own version of Linux for Oracle. Snapping up Ubuntu would not only save Ellison and Oracle a considerable amount of money, it would also eliminate some of the headaches associated with trying to integrate a company like Novell.