Rimini Street, the fast-growing business software support specialist currently fighting Larry Ellison’s database giant in US courts, appears to have SAP in its sights in Europe. “Look out SAP,” Rimini Street chief executive Seth Ravin warned the giant in a recent interview with The Reg. “We are going to fight them tooth and …
Good luck to them
Having suffered as an Oracle
hostage customer for a few years and not quite being free yet, all I can say is the support from another company could hardly be worse than from Oracle who, allegedly, has the engineers who wrote the original code and should be best to bug-fix things.
Find a serious bug, report it, bugger-all done, escalate it, bugger-all done, try again, told it is a "feature request" and not a bug to be fixed, etc, etc.
Re: Good luck to them
Thanks for the info. Was look at a oracle storage server. Been told that they since oracle had taken over SUN they had focused on the software development / bug fixes, and had solved all the problems I have with opensolaris. Didn't really believe them, but was struggling to find confirmation either way.
Re: Good luck to them
From start to finish, one bug can result in as many as seven or eight calls, er, incidents....worked at a company that was always flirting with end-of-support because they were so reluctant (or perhaps stingy) to upgrade. Having said that, upgrades are NOT easy, particularly when you have a lot of bolt-on code or downstream systems/reporting/etc. Of course, vendor support and, erm, encouraged upgrades mean lots of cash in the till.
This probably goes back even before the IBM and Amdahl battles (oops, grey hair showing now...:) ).
Yet another instance of
Larry, Larry, quite contrary,
How does your empire grow?
With IP "rights" and patent fights,
and lawyers all in a row.
Mind your Ls
Walldorf's the town in Germany, whereas Waldorf is a salad.
Just ask Basil Fawlty.
(Mildly interesting fact: the salad's named after the hotel, which is named after the town. But they dropped an L overboard while crossing the Atlantic.)
I know that the license terms for Windows don't allow me to disassemble it and then write patches that, say, add on the improvements Windows 7 made in copying multiple files and handling duplicate names to Windows XP.
So patching old versions of Oracle so that they're as good as the current version sounds like it would violate the licensing of Oracle if its license terms were anything like those of most software products out there. If Oracle's license terms were more generous to allow for the mission-critical nature of the software, and its use by responsible businesses, then this sort of thing may, at least, get them tweaked.
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