Venture Dollars Flow to Open Source
Godzilla Meets Bambi?
And now open-source companies face competition on their own turf from conventional software giants that include Microsoft (MSFT) and Oracle. The database giant began selling support for Red Hat Linux in late October.
There's some question about Oracle's claim that its support costs are much lower than Red Hat's, but having a giant stomping on one's turf is never good news. Indeed, shares of Red Hat are off 16% since Oracle entered the open-source business. They're now trading at $16.34, a loss of 40% since the beginning of 2006.
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