Oracle becomes open source's Dr Evil

Oracle has practically declared war on the open source movement and become public enemy number one amongst the weirdie beardy penguin fans.

When Larry Ellison wrote a cheque for Sun Microsystems, he became one of the significant Open Source players, something that he was not exactly happy with.

His outfit’s handling of core Open Source projects such as OpenOffice and MySQL failed to earn any respect from the Free Software community. Then, after Oracle attacked Android with its Java and failed miserably, it lost any remaining mojo it might have had.

Now it seems to want to make matters worse by releasing a report attacking Open Sauce. It has published a paper in which it repeats everything that proprietary outfits have been saying about Open Sauce for years.

In the paper, Oracle claims that total cost of ownership goes up with the use of open source technologies. It claims that the total cost of ownership for open source software often exceeds that of commercial software.

“While minimising capital expenses by acquiring “free” open source software is appealing, the up front cost of any software endeavour 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,” the report said.

If this sounds familiar it is exactly the sort of stuff which Microsoft was releasing with its research papers until it worked out that it was better to have open source on its side.

Oracle said that community developed code is inferior and less secure than company developed products.

Apparently, only proprietary code is low on defects and well documented code.

“For the intensive, mission critical capabilities required by most DoD projects, Oracle recommends its flagship commercial software products,” the report said.

Writing in his bog  Open Saucer Swapnil Bhartiya pointed out that Oracle needed a reality check on the effectiveness of proprietary software.

It needed to deal with its own Java insecurity, it needs to be told how Adobe Flash is a cracker’s heaven and how Internet Explorer and Windows are used as ‘tools’ by crackers to hijack computers, Bhartiya said.