• Oracle Wastes Their Time On A Free Version

    I’m sure the techies among you saw/heard about this already.

    Oracle To Offer A Free Database
    “By introducing a free entry-level product, Oracle intends to get more developers and students familiar with its namesake database, Mendelsohn said. Those customers, Oracle hopes, will eventually upgrade to a higher-end version.”

    Look… I’m all for free versions for learning technologies (Macromedia is excellent at slinging digital crack in this fashion), but Oracle? I can already see the conversation now:

    Young Programmer:“I’ve learned to use Oracle on the free version in school and at home. Now I’d like to launch my small software business using the paid-for version.”

    Oracle: “That’ll be $10,000,000,000,000, please.”

    Young Programmer: “Oh look! MySQL For Dummies is on sale!”

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