Is Oracle going to be an operating system?

I was in a meeting today with some colleagues giving trip reports from open world and apparently from what they seemed to have heard was that Oracle was going to "take over Linux". Now we all know that’s not going to happen, but the tone was that Oracle was really going to get into the operating system business... become "grid like"... ;-)


I certainly could see oracle offering their own version on Linux to run a ”database" server but the message that was presented to me was Oracle would offer - customize & support a Linux operating system to run java based applications- totally independent of database software

In other words, "oracle" is not just a database anymore!

I know that with MS taking Suse and oracle trying to knock off RH - the two companies could offer "enterprise level of support" to an enterprise deployment of Linux - is this believable? ... I dont think so ;-)
<Im getting in the conversation late though...>

What’s the consensuses - current mindset - believability of this group of professionals?

Long term vision or smokescreen?


Thanks
Bob

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"Oracle error messages being what they are, do not
highlight the correct cause of fault, but will identify
some other error located close to where the real fault lies."

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