Big guns in Linux bust up


Big guns in Linux bust up

Caroline Davis

A spat has broken out between IBM and Oracle over who got their Internet application server onto a Linux platform first.

When Oracle announced the release of its Internet Application Server 8i for the open source operating system on 9 August it claimed that "no other major application server vendor makes the enterprise edition of its software available for Linux".

But IBM has been quick to point out that its Websphere Advanced Edition on Linux shipped on 10 July, well before Oracle. IBM also accused Oracle's Internet application server of being too closely linked to its database products. "The IBM server is platform independent. It can be integrated with any database or system," said an IBM spokeswoman.

To rub salt into the wound, IBM also highlighted a recent market report from Giga Information Group which said that by the end of the year IBM and BEA will be moving ahead of the field as joint leaders in the application server market, with a 24% market share, and Oracle would be "nowhere in sight".

Both companies said their move to Linux was fuelled by market demand, with developers from companies of all sizes choosing to write software for the open source operating system.

Oracle released its Internet application server in June this year and said that the new Linux version would offer a low-cost Internet application development and deployment platform. It also announced partnerships with Linux suppliers SuSe, Caldera, TurboLinux and VA Linux.

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