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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>

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Dear Mr. Ellison,
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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 OpenOffice.org, 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.
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The purpose of this E-mail 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.)
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