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<title>Open Letter to Mr. Larry Ellison Regarding Oracle Corp.'s Treatment of its Free and Open Source Software Assets</title>
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<h1>Open Letter to Mr. Larry Ellison Regarding Oracle Corp.'s Treatment of its Free and Open Source Software Assets</h1>


Dear Mr. Ellison,

First of all, I'd like to thank you for the tremendous past and present
contribution that Oracle Corporation has done for the world of Free and Open
Source Software. The Open Source world would be far poorer without such
important open-source contributions such as, Java,
Berkeley DB and InnoDB, OpenSolaris, MySQL, many other lesser known projects,
and the many contributions of Oracle (and in the past Sun Microsystems Inc. or 
one of the other companies with which Oracle has merged), to global and
successful open-source projects. I'm also in great admiration of your success
as a businessman and entrepreneuer in making Oracle Corp. into what it is
today, which obviously involved a lot of wisdom, capability, courage, 
determination, and vision, and which is indicative of a personality
of high merits.

The purpose of this open E-mail message is to make a few concrete suggestions
that will benefit both Oracle Corp., its software and hardware business, and
the global community of users and customers of hardware and software. (As a
practical man, I prefer easy to implement, concrete suggestions, rather than
advocating global "policy" or "attitude" massive changes that can never be
fully materialised.) 

I hope you will consider implementing these suggestions for everybody's 

<h2>About Me</h2>

My name is Shlomi Fish, and I'm a longtime user and developer of open-source
software, and an active essayist and writer (or "blogger" possibly) on the 
topic. While not a very good businessman myself (and in fact having a poor
track record as far as persisting in workplaces is concerned, where I've only
worked as a "grunt" programmer, so far), I am very interested in the business
and social aspects of open-source software, cultural works, or business in
computing and non-computing topics in general.

You can learn more about me from my home site:
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